The 2018 North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF) will draw thousands of youths, parents and educators to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas (ICC) on April 20 and 21. The festival is one of the largest in the country and the region’s premier literary event celebrating young adult and middle grade literature.
The festival kicks off April 20 with Educator Day. Professors from Sam Houston State University will host “Books, Books, Books: A Symposium for Educators.” The conference will focus on practical and exciting ways to engage readers from elementary through high school. Registration for the symposium closes April 15. For more information, visit NTTBF.org.
Festival Day, April 21, is packed with panel discussions and book signings. This year more than 70 authors will attend, including Dav Pilkey, the best-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” series. Due to Pilkey’s popularity, organizers added a second opening keynote session. The first session starts at 8 a.m. and the second at 9 a.m. The closing conversation, featuring Cassandra Clare (“Mortal Instruments” series) and Angie Thomas (“The Hate U Give”) begins at 3 p.m.
Fans will have a chance to meet and speak with some of their favorite authors, including Leigh Bardugo, author of the “Grishaverse” series; Jenny Han, author of “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”; and Jennifer and Matthew Holm, who created the “Babymouse” series.
Organizers anticipate more than 12,000 people will attend. With so many expected, volunteers are needed to help with panel discussions, book signing and ticket lines, book sales, crowd and traffic control, greeting guests and monitoring the photo booth.
Admission to the NTTBF is free. Parking at the ICC is $8, and the DART Irving Convention Center Station is within walking distance of the venue. Visit NorthTexasTeenBookFestival.com for more information or volunteer opportunities. 2018 sponsors include the City of Irving, Friends of the Irving Public Library and Sam Houston State University.