TLA 2022 Conference Resource Center

We’re so excited to see our librarian friends on April 25-27 in Fort Worth, TX!

What’s inside our TLA Resource Center:
  • Make the most of your TLA experience + meet your favorite authors & illustrators!
    Check our TLA schedule for a full list of in-person author programs and book signings.
  • We’ve collected our digital resources for you in this handy resource center!
    Download our digital catalogs, request digital preview copies, and fill out our checklist survey for your chance to win a collection of free books for your library!
  • Not attending TLA?
    You can still download digital resources, request preview copies, and more!
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Discussion Guide & Mackin Webinar: Olympians by George O’Connor

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Join George O’Connor, creator of the Olympians graphic novels, for a special preview event with Mackin where he talks with Mark Siegel, Creative Director of FirstSecond Books, about his journey of creating the Olympians series. Book 12, Olympians: Dionysos, is the final book in the Olympians series and is available for purchase March 8, 2022. If you’re looking to complete your collection, the final boxed set of Books 7-12 will also be available!

In the final volume of the New York Times–bestselling Olympians graphic novel series, author/artist George O’Connor focuses on Dionysos, the god of wine and madness.

The Olympians saga draws to a close with the tale of Dionysos, the last Olympian, and maybe, just maybe, the first of a new type of God. His story is told by the first Olympian herself, Hestia, Goddess of the hearth and home. From her seat in the center of Mt. Olympus, Hestia relates the rise of Dionysos, from his birth to a mortal mother, to his discovery of wine, his battles with madness and his conquering of death itself, culminating, finally, in his ascent to Olympus and Godhood.

Mackin Event: Using Comics in the Classroom Case Study: The Olympians

In case you missed it–watch a special event with bestselling, award-winning Olympians creator George O’Connor and First Second Creative Director Mark Siegel as they discuss the value of using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. Using the Olympians series as a case study, the panelists discuss how graphic novels can supplement curriculums. Greek mythology has never been so action-packed and entertaining! Moderated by Mackin educational consultant Tuan Nguyen.

Click the image below to watch a recording of this Olympians event!

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Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Spring 2022 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! Hosted by Booklist.

Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham were in conversation talking about their queer YA graphic novel Blackwater available July 2022. Plus, New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton joins us to give a special preview of her upcoming book, The Marvellers!

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3:40 – Jeannette and Ren in conversation, intro by Senior Editor of Holt Books for Young Readers Brian Geffen
14:47 – Picture Books
29:04 – TinkerActive by Odd Dot
30:15 – Chapter and Middle Grade Books
43:11 – Young Adult Books
57:00 – Brian Geffen and Dhonielle Clayton in conversation

Freedom to Read Roundtable


We were proud to sponsor a Freedom to Read Roundtable event hosted by the Texas Library Association. Voices from every aspect of this ongoing and constantly evolving issue weighed in, including a teacher, librarian, parent, legislator, author, and student, using the recent book bannings in Texas and the response from teachers, librarians, and the community at large as an example of a way forward in protecting the first amendment nationwide. The ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom closed out the program and all attendees will receive resources following the event.

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Visit our NCTE 2021 Virtual Booth!


While we’ll missing seeing you in person at NCTE this year, you don’t have to miss out on our virtual author programs or digital resources!

What’s inside our NCTE Booth:
  • Meet our team!
  • Find a full schedule of our NCTE author programs!
  • Download our Winter 2022 Catalog and watch our Winter 2022 preview!
  • Enter for your chance to win books from our new imprint Neon Squid!
  • Browse our top books of 2021!
  • Request digital review copies of upcoming releases!
  • Download educator resources!
  • And more!
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Discover your next favorite book with the MacKids School & Library Winter 2022 Preview! Hear from our team as they present some of our wonderful upcoming titles, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles! Hosted by Booklist.

Lizz Huerta, debut young adult author of The Lost Dreamer, joining us to talk about her upcoming YA fantasy available March 2022. Plus, Gary Paulsen joins us to give a special preview of his upcoming book, Northwind!

3:08 – editor Trisha de Guzman and author Lizz Huerta in conversation with a Q&A
14:47 – Picture Books
29:28 – Introduction to our newest imprint, Neon Squid
32:41 – Middle Grade Books
42:36 – Young Adult Books
53:35 – Gary Paulsen

Join us for a free webinar on Anti-Racist Education: Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum!

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Anti-Racist Education: 
Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum

Join us for this FREE Booklist webinar on Wednesday, September 8 at 2pm ET / 1pm CT! Librarians and educators will learn how to use both nonfiction and fiction books in their anti-racist collections and classroom curriculums. Julia Torres, a teacher librarian in Denver Public Schools and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts, will lead a conversation with authors Dr. Crystal M. Fleming (Rise Up: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy), Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix), and Aminah Mae Safi (Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix). 

This conversation will address how educators can create more inclusive, representative and equitable curriculums by incorporating newly published works into school and library collections. Attendees will hear authors discuss ways to empower young people through literature with actionable steps to foster anti-racism in their communities. 

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