How can writers, illustrators, & publishers work in the app world?
  How can you transition from printed books to digital and multimedia?
  How can apps and multimedia presentations be used in the classroom?
  How do app developers create their products and build audience?

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Founder of

Betina Cochran

Director of Licensing and Special Markets at Highlights for Children. She has developed website content, apps, and digital content for Highlights, including Highlights Every Dayâ„¢.

Michael Hearst

Author, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and multimedia performer. Some of Michael's work has been made into a PBS Digital Series.

Roxie Munro

Author, illustrator, and creator of 35+ children's books. Expert on transitioning from print books to apps, nonfiction and concept books, gamification, and crossmedia.

Linda Swank

Program Manager for the REVERE Awards, an annual awards program that recognizes excellence in resources that support teaching and learning, including apps.

Sarah Towle

Author-educator turned digital publisher of educational apps for children. She blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing.
Intensive 6 • Friday, June 10 • 1:00 PM

What's Going on with Digital Nonfiction?

Get an overview of digital products in the market for schools, libraries, and homes -- from e-books and apps to educational games and blended learning. Learn about the rise of computer coding, makerspaces, and gamification.
Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer), Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator), and Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.)
Workshop 2E • Saturday, June 11 • 10:00 AM

Today's Educational Innovations in NF

A survey of what is going on in teacher training colleges and in classrooms, from virtual school visits; digital teaching and learning; blended learning, and makerspaces, to Nonfiction Minute and educational games.
Presented by: Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.) and Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator)
Workshop 3E • Saturday, June 11 • 2:15 PM

Think Multimedia

When researching or producing a book or an app, think about the other media one can exploit or sell into — books, ebooks, posters, merchandise, videos, audiobooks, and games. How can you best expand the market for your content and resources?
Presented by: Michael Hearst (Author/Composer) and Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer)
Workshop 5D • Sunday, June 12 • 11:15 AM

Permissions for Text, Images, Audio Files, and Video Files

How do you find, secure, and pay for permissions to reproduce texts and images? Who deals with permissions? What rights should you secure, and what fees might you have to pay? Negotiating fees to make budgets work.
Presented by: Michael Hearst (Author/Composer) and Orlando Dos Reis (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Workshop 5E • Sunday, June 12 • 11:15 AM

Making Apps and Transmedia Projects

How does research, writing, designing, editing, and illustrating an app differ from a printed book? How do app developers create and produce their products. How can you transition from printed books to apps and transmedia productions?
Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer) and Roxie Munro (Author/Illustrator)
Highlights for Children Presentation • Saturday, June 11 • 1:00 PM

Betina Cochran, Director of Licensing and Special Markets
at Highlights for Children

The presentation will feature the Highlights Every Dayâ„¢ app. 
Learn from presentations on these Conference Themes:


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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