2017 NCTE Convention Appearances


Here’s where you’ll find me at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, being held in St. Louis, MO from November 16-19, 2017.

Friday, November 17
Room 242

How’d You Do That?
Authors Share Revision Strategies that Student Writers Can Use
In a panel presentation, Tracey Baptiste, Laurel Snyder, Linda Urban, Sarah Albee, Kate Messner, and I will share the tools and strategies we use to engage with our words when its time to revise them.

Main Convention Hall
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth

Book sale and signing

Sunday, November 19
Room 144

Nonfiction Magic:
How (You and) Your Students an Become Magicians, Too!
In a panel presentation, Alexandra Siy, Sarah Albee, Laurie Ann Thompson, Ammi-Joan Paquette, and I will share the various roles writers of nonfiction must inhabit in order to create true stories that shine.

I’d love to see you at any or all of these events!


Here are some details on my schedule at this weekend’s Massachusetts School Library Association conference at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis, MA:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Four Authors on Researching & Writing Nonfiction
This panel discussion will include myself, Sarah Albee, Susan Hood, Melissa Stewart, and moderator Susannah Richards. Join us for a sneak peek at our processes and to gather some tips and tools that your students can use in their own work.

Author Signings/Meet & Greet
A gaggle of local authors and illustrators will be meeting and greeting conference attendees, and signing their books. Join us!

Dinner & Awards Banquet

I’d love to connect in person, so if you’re at this event, be sure to say hello!

NCTE Annual Conference


I’m thrilled to be attending the 2015 National Conference of Teachers of English. If you’ll be at the conference too, I’d love to see you. Here’s where you’ll find me:

Saturday, November 21

9:30-10:45 am
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room L100J
Revved for Research. I’ll join authors Sarah Albee, Chris Barton, Sy Montgomery and Laura Purdie Salas, in a panel presentation moderated by Alyson Beecher. Join us for a look at how professional writers gather information for their writing. (Hint: they go way beyond books and online sources!)

11am-12 noon
I’ll be signing books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#640). Stop on over!

AASL Annual Conference


I’m thrilled to be attending the 2015 American Association of School Librarians annual conference in Columbus, Ohio in November.  Here’s where you can find me a the event …

Friday, November 6

To the Library … and Beyond
Loree and fellow children’s author Sarah Albee will share creative approaches to research, suggesting ways to adapt the methods of the pros for student writers. This interactive workshop will be held at 11:20am in Room D230.

Loree will be signing books from 3:30-4pm in the conference exhibit hall. Look for the Author-Palooza signs at Booth #543!

Saturday, November 7
Changemakers in Society: Books that Motivate Kids to Solve Problems and Make the World a Better Place
Loree will join Don Tate, Melissa Stewart, and Shana Corey for a panel discussion, moderated by author Laurie Ann Thompson. This event will be held at 8:40am in Room E-171 of the Convention Center.

NCTE Conference


Last week librarians, this week English teachers! I’m thrilled to be attending the annual gathering of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Boston. Here’s my schedule for the weekend, in case you’ll be there too. I’d love to see you at one of these events …

Saturday, November 23

12:30-2:30pm: Books for Children Luncheon in Room 312 (Hynes Convention Center)

I’ll be grinning all through this luncheon, because Steve Jenkins is giving the keynote and because I’ll be receiving an Orbis Pictus honor award for Citizen Scientists.

3:00-3:30pm: Book signing in the Macmillan Booth (#819)

I’ll be signing copies of Citizen Scientists, and probably still flying from the joys of lunchtime!

4:15-5:30pm: Panel Presentation in Ballroom A (Hynes Convention Center) 

Reflecting on the Writing Process: Orbis Pictus Authors Share Their Journeys Authors of the Orbis Pictus award and honor books for 2013 will each share their writing journey and craft used in the creation of their nonfiction works.

Sunday, November 24

9-10am: Book Signing in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#1506)

I’ll be signing copies of Tracking Trash and The Hive Detectives. Come on by!

11:30am – 12:45pm: Panel Presentation in Room 105 (Hynes Convention Center)

Honor Your Process: Bringing the Working Methods and Style of Published Writers to Your Classroom Award-winning authors Linda Urban, Kate Messner, Matt Phelan and Loree Griffin Burns will share the tools and strategies, from thumbnail drawings to field trips to progress journals, that have brought their work to life—and that you can easily bring back to your classroom writing workshops.

AASL Conference


I’m looking forward to spending Friday (November 15, 2013) at the annual conference of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in Hartford, Connecticut. If you’ll be there too, please stop by one of these events to say hello!

Panel Discussion: Exploring Scientists at Work

1pm in Room Marriott C

Join authors Loree Griffin Burns, Pamela Turner, and Rebecca Johnson, editor Carol Hinz, and science teacher Jill Zangerl to discuss how stories about scientists at work can meet the needs of children, librarians, and teachers. Discussion will be moderated by author Vicki Cobb.

Book Signing

2:15-3:15pm in Author Alley

Rumor has it there will be FREE books, and that I’ll be signing them. Somehow I have been unable to verify this. But how can you resist even the chance of free books? Come on by! Added bonus: I’ll have a preview copy of my not-yet-off-the-presses Spring 2014 picture book with me.

Author-Librarian Tweet-Up

9-10pm in Marriott Hotel (Crush Bar & Starbucks)

If you are a Twitter User, follow hashtag #aasl13 for the latest happenings. If you are a Twitter user who follows me, feel free to giggle at the very thought of me using hashtags and tweeting up.

MSLA Author Meet & Greet


Hey! Are you by chance going to be at the Massachsuetts School Library Association annual conference this weekend? Because I am going to be there as part of the Author Meet & Greet, and I’d love to see you. Here are the conference details:

Massachusetts School Library Association conference

March 2-4, 2013

Sturbridge Host Hotel

366 Main Street

Sturbridge, MA

There will be Author/Illustrator Meet & Greet sessions on Sunday and Monday in the Exhibit Hall from 9:15am until 12 noon. I’m in the Monday session; here’s our complete lineup:

H. Louise Bernstone

Rob Buyea

Loree Griffin Burns

Jef Czekaj

Carol Gordon Ekster

David A. Kelly

Marty Kelley

Deborah Kops

Gregory Mone

Jane Sutcliffe

You can find more information and see the Meet & Greet lineup for Sunday (even more local authors and illustrators!) online here.  I hope to see you there.

*The image up top is the front face of a postcard advertising my school visit services; I’ll be handing them out on Monday. The young lady featured is a student I met in Washington state when Tracking Trash first came out. Isn’t she adorable?

AAAS 2013

Courtesy AAAS
Photo Courtesy AAAS

Boston is hosting the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this weekend, and there is lots of crazy cool science-y stuff going on.

Saturday and Sunday are dedicated to kids and families, with interactive science exhibits, tabletop science demos, and plenty of science peeps to talk shop and answer questions for students of all ages. These Family Fun Days are held in the Hynes Convention Center from 11am to 5pm on both days and are completely free. Check out the details here.

If science books are your thing, consider attending the award ceremony for the SB&F Prizes on Saturday. Here are the details:

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Sheraton Hotel, Liberty Ballroom

39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA

And on Sunday, SB&F authors (including me!) will be reading and signing books at the Hynes Convention Center as part of the Family Fun Days festivities. Here’s our schedule:

Readings in Booth #69/70

11:30 -12:00       Sy Montgomery (author of TEMPLE GRANDIN)

12:15-12:45        Penny Chisolm (author of OCEAN SUNLIGHT)

1:00-1:30            Loree Griffin Burns (author of CITIZEN SCIENTISTS)

1:45-2:15            Terrie M. Williams (author of THE ODYSSEY OF KP2)

Signings in Booth #321

12:15-12:45        Sy Montgomery (author of TEMPLE GRANDIN)

1:00-1:30            Penny Chisolm (author of OCEAN SUNLIGHT)

1:45-2:15            Loree Griffin Burns (author of CITIZEN SCIENTISTS)

2:30-3:00            Terrie M. Williams (author of THE ODYSSEY OF KP2)

I hope to see you in Boston!

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Later this month, science fans from around the country will descend on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, for a celebration of all things science. The second USA Science & Engineering Festival is a free two-day event boasting thousands of hands-on activities, exhibits, and presentations. I’ll be speaking on the Family stage Saturday, April 28 at 4:25pm, and signing books at the Signing Stage at 5:30pm on the same day. (Woot! Woot!) Come on by and say hello!

Find details about the festival, featured activities, the book fair, and all the featured authors on the official festival website.


My NSTA 2012 Deets

This week I’m putting the finishing touches on a presentation for the National Science Teachers Association annual conference, and preparing for a panel presentation too. If you’re planning to join the festivities in Indianapolis, I’d love to see you at one or both events. Here are the details:

How Can I Help? Empowering Students with Citizen Science
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Westin Indianapolis, Capitol II

As a scientist, a writer, and a mother, Dr. Loree Griffin Burns is committed to providing children with accurate, age-appropriate information about real world events. Drawing on her experiences researching and writing about environmental issues from ocean pollution to the collapse of honey bee populations, Burns proposes a formula for sharing these stories without scaring students: give them something meaningful they can do to help. From tallying beach debris (International Coastal Cleanup) and monitoring native bee populations (Great Sunflower Project) to tagging monarch butterflies (Monarch Watch) and hunting ladybugs (Lost Ladybug Project), Burns has practiced citizen science in her own backyard, coordinated events in her community, introduced projects into schools, and observed events from Central Park to central Mexico. In this workshop, she’ll recommend a variety of nationally organized and freely available citizen science projects, pairing them with trade books to help teachers promote both inquiry and literacy in their science classrooms.

Integrating Science and Literacy: A Journey, Not a Destination
Friday, March 30, 2012
JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom D

This session offers teachers and administrators an opportunity to learn from authors how to integrate their award-winning trade books into science instruction. Participants can get up close and personal with these acclaimed authors:

Loree Griffin Burns
April Pulley Sayre
Peggy Thomas
Pamela S. Turner
Sallie Wolf
Wendy Saul

Other presenters are educators who have served or chaired the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book Committee. Opportunities will be available to work in small groups with the authors and vetted activities will be shared.

Edited to Add:
In addition to the two presentations described above, I’ll be signing copies of Tracking Trash and The Hive Detectives at the NSTA conference in Indianapolis next week. Here are the details:

Friday, March 30
Indiana Convention Center
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Booth #1467

And get this: the fine folks at HMH are giving the books away, while supplies last. Come on over and get one; I’ll be happy to sign it for you!