Award-winning author Matt de la Peña will headline AASL President’s Program during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling author of seven young adult novels including "Mexican WhiteBoy," "We Were Here," and "The Living" and five picture books including "Love" and the Newbery Award winning "Last Stop on Market Street." His debut novel, "Ball Don’t Lie," was made into a major motion picture.
"Last fall I had the great pleasure of hearing Matt de la Peña speak to both middle and high school learners about the journey that has influenced his writing," said AASL President Kathryn Roots Lewis. "As I watched these respective groups of learners, every child was listening intently. The phrase, 'you could have heard a pin drop' was certainly apropos! As learners asked thoughtful, deep questions, Matt shared passionately from his rich life experience. His powerful message of inclusiveness and equity is a must for all learners - children and adults – as Matt's works inspire readers of all ages everywhere. Please join me to hear the amazing Matt de la Peña!"
The AASL President's Program is an annual event open to all registered conference attendees.
ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: President's Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.