• Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

    Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

    In a shocking way, Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, and Bigfoot all have their trials too. Adam Rex uncovers poems about the lives of the monsters in Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.

  • After the Fall

    After the Fall

    After the great fall Humpty Dumpty’s life was changed, especially with his new fear of heights. Dan Santat’s After the Fall tells how Humpty Dumpty conquered his fear and became something he never imagined. 

  • Elizabeth Leads the Way

    Elizabeth Leads the Way

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton noticed at a very young age that women were not treated equally. Tanya Lee Stone shares how Elizabeth won freedom for women in her book Elizabeth Leads the Way.

  • A Tale Dark & Grimm

    A Tale Dark & Grimm

    Hansel and Gretel are on a quest to find a place that they can call home. Adam Gidwitz weaves Hansel and Gretel’s story with other Grimms’ fairy tales in A Tale Dark and Grimm.

  • Snow White

    Snow White

    The market has crashed and Samantha quickly learns that she has returned home to New York City a little too late. Acclaimed graphic novelist Matt Phelan retells a classic fairy tale in a new way in Snow White: A Graphic Novel.

  • Wolf Hollow

    Wolf Hollow

    Annabelle encounters a new bully named Betty, which causes many problems in her small Pennsylvania town. Lauren Wolk tells the story of how Annabelle finds the courage to stand up for the herself and others in Wolf Hollow.  

BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years and now he writes full-time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. He is the best-selling author of the children's books A Tale Dark and Grimm and its companion books, as well as The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi. Since receiving a 2017 Newbery Honor for his middle-grade novel, The Inquisitor's Tale, Adam has been working on an adventure series called The Unicorn Rescue Society (debut in April 2018) and a podcast in which he retells Grimms' fairytales (available on the podcast channel Pinna, Summer 2018).

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is the creator of the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn (winner of a Scott O'Dell Award), Around the World, and Bluffton. His latest graphic novel is the New York Times best seller Snow White. Matt has been nominated five times for the Will Eisner Award, including Best Writer/Artist and Best Graphic Album (for Bluffton). He is also the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Druthers, Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of a Newbery Medal. In 2014, Matt was awarded the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children's Literature Citation. Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Adam Rex

Adam Rex

Adam Rex and his wife, Marie, live in Tucson, Arizona. His first picture book was The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake (2003). His picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times best seller. In 2007 he released his first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, which was adapted into the DreamWorks film Home (2014). He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg.

Dan Santat

Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work on Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.

Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone is best known for telling little-known or unknown stories of women and people of color. She writes MG/YA narrative nonfiction such as Almost Astronauts and Courage Has No Color, and nonfiction picture books such as Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? and The House that Jane Built. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP Image Award, Robert F. Sibert Medal, Golden Kite Award, Bank Street Flora Straus Steiglitz Award, Jane Addams Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor, NPR Best Books, and NCTE Orbis Pictus Honors. She is also the author of the YA verse novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, which was a Top Ten Banned Book. Stone studied English at Oberlin College, later earned a master’s degree, and was an editor of children's nonfiction for many years before becoming a writer. She teaches writing at Champlain College. Forthcoming books include Girl Rising; A Story of War A Story of Peace; and The Countess and the Computer

Lauren Wolk

Lauren Wolk

Lauren Wolk has worked as a writer at the St. Paul American Indian Center, a senior editor with a Toronto publisher, a high school English teacher, Assistant Director at the Cape Cod Writers Center and, since 2007, Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. In 1999, Random House published her first novel, Those Who Favor Fire.  Her second novel, Forgiving Billy, was twice nominated for the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and won the 2006 Hackney Literary Award. In 2016, Dutton published her novel Wolf Hollow, which won a 2016 New England Book Award, a 2017 Newbery Honor, a 2017 Jane Addams Honor, and was shortlisted for the 2017 New-York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize, 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, 2017 Carnegie Medal, and other awards. In May 2017, Dutton published Wolk’s second novel for young readers, Beyond the Bright Sea, winner of the 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and other honors. Wolk is also a visual artist represented by galleries in Provincetown and Truro, Massachusetts, and an award-winning poet.

Sponsored by

BYU Department of Teacher Education
Harold B. Lee Library
BYU Continuing Education
Provo City Library

Like us on Facebook for book giveaways, book news, and much more.