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FREE Virtual Panel: A Conversation Around Disability and Accessibility in Children’s Books – with REPLAY

Date(s) - Thursday, April 7, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for a FREE, virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion discussion:

TOPIC: Building Bridges: A Conversation on Disability and Accessibility in Picture Books and Beyond
WHEN: Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (ET)
WHERE: Virtual, the Magical Land of Zoom — REPLAY will be available!

Featuring panelists: Author/Educator – NoNieqa Ramos, Author/Illustrator – Roz Maclean, MSW & Essayist – Jessica Slice, Agent – Naomi Davis at BookEnds , and Editor – Andrea Hall at Beaming Books.

Moderated by Melanie Ellsworth from SCBWI New England’s E&I Team.

This is a free, virtual event. If you cannot make the live event, please register to receive the link to the replay. The replay will be available until May 7th.

This panel is brought to you by the SCBWI New England Equity & Inclusion Team.

Our Panelists:

NoNieqa Ramos
NoNieqa Ramos (they/them) is an educator and writer of picture books and young adult literature. They wrote THE DISTURBED GIRL’S DICTIONARY, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection. Their debut picture book YOUR MAMA illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara was selected by The Virginia Center for the Book as Virginia’s GREAT READ for 2021. YOUR MAMA was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, a School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2021, a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the 2021, a Nerdy Book Award winner, and a National Council of English Books Notable Poetry Book.  Their picture book BEAUTY WOKE illustrated by Paola Escobar has earned Booklist and Kirkus starred reviews.  NoNieqa is a proud member of Las Musas Books collective, the Soaring 20s PB debut group, and Pb Tales 2022 group. You can learn more about them and the school visits and workshops they offer at!

Roz MacLean
Roz MacLean is an author illustrator with a background in education and supporting children and youth with disabilities. She is a third generation settler of European descent, living and working on the unceded territories of the K’omoks Nation on Vancouver Island, BC. Her published books include I Am Odd I Am New, written by Benjamin Giroux, The Body Book and Violet’s Cloudy Day. Her upcoming book, More Than Words, explores and celebrates diverse modes of communication.

Jessica Slice
Jessica Slice is an MSW and essayist who has been published in Modern Love, Alice Wong’s bestselling Disability Visibility, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and HuffPost. Find her on Longreads and on Judy Heumann’s podcast. Her picture books about families with disabilities, THIS IS HOW WE PLAY and THIS IS HOW WE TALK, will be released in 2023 with Dial Press (Penguin Random House). A graduate of Davidson College and Columbia University, she is represented by Jill Marr at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agents.

Andrea Hall
Andrea Hall is a Senior Acquisitions Editor with Beaming Books. She is passionate about stories that reflect real life, showcase underrepresented people or events, and stories with a social/emotional focus. A few of her recent acquisitions include THE POSTCARD PROJECT by Maggie Lauren Brown, SOMETIMES SHY by Julie Bliven, and ONE SMALL THING by Marsha Diane Arnold. She was previously at Albert Whitman & Co, where she edited numerous books including Too Sticky! by Jen Malia, Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! by Alexandra Alessandri, and Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code by Joseph Bruchac. Andrea holds a BA in English/creative writing from Miami University in Ohio. She is also the author of She’s on the Money. Follow her on Twitter: @andreadonall.

Naomi Davis
Authors have always been Naomi Davis’s superheroes. Growing up in Minnesota, they spent their elementary years pretending they were every character in every book they read. A life-long writer and author-fanatic, they have a mild to moderate obsession with slippers, and sing in two philharmonic choirs.

Working with authors and incredible colleagues at BookEnds Literary Agency has been a dream come true for Naomi.

Naomi has a passion for helping authors develop stakes, voice immersion, and tension to a story’s highest possible potential, and often tweets about strategies for accomplishing those goals on their Twitter.

They seek dynamic, character-driven adult and young adult titles in fantasy, sci-fi, and romance, and represent select middle grade and picture book authors. Naomi also has an interest in stories that blend the fantastic with the realistic, and is eager for books that cross between women’s fiction and fantasy, or contemporary fiction and sci fi or fantasy.

Naomi is particularly passionate about finding new fantasy and sci-fi settings with unique magical structures that surprise the reader and change the rules readers associate with those worlds. They write powerful, intricate characters in explosive SFF settings.