Build Your Stack - National Council of Teachers of English

Upcoming Build Your Stack® Virtual Events:

 

For the first Build Your Stack® event of 2024 we are making time to laugh! Join us on March 4 at 7 p.m. ET to learn more about books that are funny, silly, and just plain fun that you can bring to your students. See the list below for information about the presenters. More will be added soon.

 

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FEATURED PANELISTS

Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, How to Code a Sandcastle, Dear Unicorn, Dear Dragon, My Pet Feet, the ​It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, Lost in the Library, and more. Josh grew up in New England and studied computer science in school. Today, he still lives in New England, and when he’s not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks java coffee and writes manuscripts. Since the fall of 2015, Josh has presented (or virtually presented) at more than 750 schools, classrooms, and libraries. For more information about Josh, visit him at joshfunkbooks.com and on social media at @joshfunkbooks.

 

Mirka Hokkanen is a Finnish American author-illustrator who likes quirky animal characters and stories that make kids laugh. Hokkanen is the author-illustrator for the graphic novel series Mossy and Tweed (Holiday House), the picture book series Kitty and Cat (Candlewick), and the nonfiction picture book series Little Seasons (OddDot). Hokkanen currently lives close to Washington, D.C., in Maryland, but has lived all around the world as a military spouse. She loves to knit, sew, and explore the outdoors with her three energetic kids. For more info, see MirkaH.com.

 

 

 

Summer Melody Pennell is a young adult literature enthusiast who is especially fond of queer YA about magical girls. She’s a lecturer of secondary education at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses on secondary English methods and disciplinary literacy. Her research and teaching center on equity for marginalized communities, especially queer communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Vincent (she/her/ella) is a writer, blogger, and educator. She is a Middle School Language Arts Teacher for Bannockburn School, a K-8 district in a northern suburb of Chicago. She hosts Sunday Check-Ins for Teachers Write, co-hosts kidlit It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, and blogs at teachmentortexts.com. As the founder of Story Exploratory, she helps writers face their self doubt, tackle their inner critic, and brave the blank page so they can set their story free. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @jvincentwrites.

 

 

 

 

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a Princeton Fellow and co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Her Ted Talk, “I Got 99 Problems…Palsy is Just One” was one of the most popular talks of 2014. Maysoon has sold out top New York City clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She has appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, and is a recurring character on General Hospital. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, Find Another Dream and Scholastic’s Shiny Misfits graphic novel. Find her online at http://www.Maysoon.com.

 

Previous Build Your Stack® Virtual Events:

(Click on the dates below to watch videos of some of our previous events.)

October 18, 2023

Build Your Stack® with Middle Grade Texts

Many of the books shared by the presenters can be found on this list. *

June 13, 2023

Build Your Stack®: The Best Books of the 2022-2023 School Year

Many of the books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

April 27, 2023

Build Your Stack®: Poetic Possibilities

Many of the books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

NCTE members and presenters Kefah Ayesh and Darius Phelps wrote blog posts that tie in to this event’s theme and we encourage you to read them.

February 27, 2023

Build Your Stack® with Nonfiction Texts

Many of the books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

June 15, 2022

Build Your Stack® Best Books of the 2021-2022 School Year

Many of the books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

Author Meg Grehan also wrote a blog post specifically for this event that was posted on June 14, 2022.

April 25, 2022

Build Your Stack® A Rainbow of Pride Books

Books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

June 15, 2021

Build Your Stack® with the Best Books of the 2020-2021 School Year

Books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

May 3, 2021

Build Your Stack® with Award-Winning Authors

Books from these authors can be found on this list.*

April 15, 2021

Build Your Stack® with Multilingual Texts

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.*

June 30, 2020

Elementary and Middle Grade Focus

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.* A. B. Majmudar’s book, The Torchbearers, is currently available here. You may also contact her directly for more information about how to purchase copies at ami.majmudar@gmail.com.

August 10, 2020

Secondary Focus

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.*

*NCTE and local bookstores receive a small commission when you purchase through these links.

TEACHER EXPERTISE + BOOK KNOWLEDGE

We’re building NCTE into the place where you go to meet authors of significance, paving the way for knowledge and relationships that transform students and schools.

Our members’ knowledge of books should be celebrated and recognized, and this initiative offers just the right platform.

But, you might say, there are so many books out there, and I have so little time to explore them all. We know! Build Your Stack® will reduce the guesswork that goes into building a classroom library by creating a trusted connection to the best books, recommended by colleagues with deep expertise.

 

 

WHAT IS BUILD YOUR STACK®?

1. See our current Build Your Stack® Committee roster.

2. A set of dozens of unique sessions in the Exhibit Hall at the NCTE Annual Convention. Each 20-minute session will feature authors and educators talking about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.

3. Booklists and recommendations all year long, curated by NCTE members and shared via our member communications.

4. Periodic professional learning experiences in sites across the country and virtually that bring NCTE members together with authors and dynamic educators.

5. Blog posts from fellow educators with information about diverse books for you and for your classroom.

 

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS! SHARE WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING #BUILDYOURSTACK.

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Blog Posts

Check out the most recent #BuildYourStack posts featuring book recommendations curated by NCTE members and submit your own recommendations today.

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WHAT KINDS OF BUILD YOUR STACK SESSIONS CAN I EXPECT AT NCTE’S ANNUAL CONVENTION?

Join us each year at the Annual Convention for more than 30 sessions, taking place on the Build Your Stack® stage in the exhibit hall. We were proud to host many amazing educator and author sessions in Columbus, Ohio in 2023. We look forward to the 2024 Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. If you are interested in learning more about presenting, please email us at buildyourstack@ncte.org.

To get a taste of some of the sessions from our 2020 Virtual Annual Convention, please click through to the videos linked below:

“Ever since I joined NCTE in 1991, the many ways in which our organization has connected me with books and authors have shaped me as a teacher. My knowledge of the content of our discipline is deeply intertwined with the powerful learning experiences NCTE has provided and this has had a huge impact on my students. This project serves to take those experiences and connections to a whole new level. Teachers who are readers have students who are readers.”

— FRANKI SIBBERSON
NCTE Past President and 2018 Program Chair