Dream Author Panel and Our Favorite Family Books

Monday, May 15, 2017

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors?  
I've taken my children to meet authors at local events when possible but I'd love to attend a book conference to meet a large group of authors at once. I thought it would be fun to share my dream author list if I could pick any author/character past or current to be on a book panel. I am sharing my choices and each of my family members' lists. 
As always I encourage you to check books out at your local library first but I provide links to Amazon (affiliate) so you can see more descriptions and photos. If you purchase items, I receive a small percentage. Thank you.

 My Dream Author Panel choices would be:
  1. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Giesel). Of course. He passed away while I was in High School but I'd love to hear him speak if I had the chance. I'd have so many questions to ask him. I'd love to go visit the museum in his home town.
  2. Malala Yousafzai (I am Malala). Our family volunteers helping refugees in our community and her story is very poignantly written. Malala now takes refuge in Canada and inspires women all over the world.
  3. Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series).  Our family dresses up and volunteers as pioneers at a local historic park weekly each summer. (This is the Place Park)  We love living history and connecting to the past. My children love Laura's stories.
  4. Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers). I'd want to meet the character. I dressed as her for Halloween one year. 
Our Mary Poppins and Bert costumes for Halloween.

My husband reads the most in our family. He finishes a book about every three days. He would love the chance to see these authors at a conference.
1. J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings author)
3. Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time fantasy series)
2. Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy: Mistborn, Reckoners, Stormlight, Evil Librarians, Warbreaker, Elantris, and helped complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time)

My 13-year-old daughter would love to see:
  1. Jessica Day George (Dragon Slippers, Tuesday's at the Castle series). She's met her several times but would love to see her on a panel.
  2. Nancy Drew.  Although written by many ghost writers, penned by Carolyn Keen, she'd like Nancy Drew herself to be on a panel.  
  3. Wendy Mass (The Candy Makers)
  4. Brandon Mull (The Candy Shop War, Spirit Animals, Fablehaven, The Beyonders) He is a favorite of my son and daughter. They met him at our local Comic Con.
  5. Roald Dahl. (Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The B.F.G.) He is a favorite to read-aloud in our house.

My 11-year-old son would love to see:
  1. Brian Selznick (Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, The Marvels)
  2. Tom Angleberger (Darth Paper Strikes Back, Origami Yoda series) My son loves origami!
  3. J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter himself. 
  4. Dragonology- Dr. Ernest Drake (make believe author).  A mythological book that inspires my son to draw pictures of dragons like this:

My youngest son is 6 and has loved finding books to read on his own. Although he is getting more into short chapter books, his favorite picture books to re-read are:
  1. Jihyeon Lee (Pool)  He loves wordless picture books that he can make up his own stories to.
  2. Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie and Pigeon Drives a Bus series)
  3. Jon Klassen (This is not my Hat series)
  4. Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader /Star Wars / Jedi Academy series)

EventBrite is the site I use to sign up for the majority of my events and conferences and I use them when planning events to keep track of who is attending.  Check them out if you are planning an event. They were free to use and have great tools for managing the attendee list. (This post is not sponsored.)

This image shows all our favorites together. Easy to save to Pinterest so you can remember books to grab the next time you're at the library.  
Leave a comment below telling me which authors you've met or would like to see on a book panel at a conference.


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