Reading for Young People: Janet Wong (Online)

Join us for a special reading for young people with Janet Wong. Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former lawyer who switched careers to become a children’s author. Her dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of more than 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision (You Have to Write), community and inclusion (Apple Pie 4th of July), peer pressure (Me and Rolly Maloo), chess (Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club), identity (A Suitcase of Seaweed & MORE), racism (Good Luck Gold & MORE), and yoga (Twist: Yoga Poems)—and is the winner of the 2021 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, a lifetime achievement award that is one of the highest honors an American children's poet can receive. A frequent featured speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, Wong has served as a member of several national committees, including the NCTE Commission on Literature and the ILA Notable Books for a Global Society committee. Her most recent anthology, co-edited with Sylvia Vardell, is HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving; her most recent collection of poetry and prose is Good Luck Gold & MORE. You can learn about her work at and

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