• This conference is a weekend program of workshops, panels, and networking opportunities, where you can learn from award-winning authors and illustrators, professors of literacy and childhood education, professional librarians, and international publishers.
  • 21CNFC is approved for professional development by the New York State Library for Public Library Certification.
  • School Librarians and Teachers who attend 21CNFC can earn 30 hours of professional development credits.

Nonfiction is key to literacy, learning, and success in college and careers. Reading nonfiction develops critical thinking and communication skills.

Examine the extensive range of nonfiction materials, both traditional and new trends, including books; e-books; apps; comics; audiobooks; magazines; series; YA, middle-school, and high school NF.

Learn from educators how nonfiction materials can be used in classrooms and libraries to meet today’s content-area standards and the initiatives of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. 

Listen to speakers from NSTA, NCTE, ALA, TEAC, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, and NY Public Library about aspects of teaching and librarianship. 

EdTech specialists will highlight the exciting developments in digital nonfiction. 

Gain insight into what writers, educators, and librarians can learn from one another including strategies for inspired learning through nonfiction reading. 

Discover how nonfiction authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers are creating books and magazines through sound research and authentic voices.

Learn about awards for children’s nonfiction books, magazines, and apps and “best of” lists from national awards committee members. 

Get an insight into today’s educational innovations in nonfiction, including virtual school visits, educational games and digital learning, blended learning, and multimedia.

Network with authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, librarians, and digital developers.
  • What Writers and Educators Can Learn from One Another
  • Publicity, Promotion, and Social Media
  • What’s Going On with Digital Nonfiction?
  • Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, New Formats, New Ideas for Today’s Nonfiction 
  • Graphic Nonfiction
  • An Insight into Nonfiction Market Niches
  • What’s New in Teen and YA Nonfiction?
  • Creative, or Narrative, Nonfiction Research and Writing
  • The Power of Audiobooks 
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism in Children’s NF
  • Creating a Picture Book – an Illustrator’s Perspective
  • Where Do NF Book Ideas Come From?
  • How Do Teachers and Librarians Choose and Buy their NF Materials 
  • Today’s Educational Innovations in NF 
  • Writing and Illustrating for NF Magazines
  • NGSS Science Initiatives
  • College, Career, and Civic Life: Preparing Students with the C3 Framework 
  • Book Awards
  • Publishers Panel: What Has Been Successful and What Am I Looking For Now?

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Learn from the people who have their finger on the pulse of
children's nonfiction!â„¢
Our stellar faculty members include teachers, librarians, educators at university graduate schools of education, authors, illustrators, agents, app developers, marketing and social media consultants, editors, art directors, designers, book packagers, and publishers from:

Your conference registration includes: Panels, Workshops, Social Events, and Meals. This is your chance to make the connections and get the ideas that will empower you in the changing world of children's nonfiction. Don't miss this opportunity! Register now!
For questions, contact:
Sally Isaacs, or call (201) 634-1870
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