2024 Upcoming

October 3-5 
Youth Literature Festival, College of Education/University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)

Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Academy (virtual – details forthcoming)

May 30-June 1
Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) annual conference (Madison, WI)

April 11
University of Wrocław, Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture “International Voices in Children’s Literature Studies” webinar (virtual)

April 2
Hosting documentarian, producer and activist Curtis Chin (author of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir) at the Asian American Cultural Center Food for Thought @ 12 noon (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801) and at the School of Information Sciences @ 7 pm (501 E. Daniel St., Room 126, Champaign, IL 61820). Book sales on-site for both events.

March 25
Lois Lenski Invited Lecture, English Department, Illinois State University (Normal, IL – details forthcoming)

February 23 – POSTPONED
Harry Potter and the Other Book event POSTPONED. Update forthcoming.

February 19
Invited lecture, “Asian American. Youth Literature: Immigration, Imagination, and the Library,” Pusan National University, Library, Archive, and Information Studies, Brain Korea 21 (virtual)

February 6
Adoption Fantasies and In Reunion: A Book Discussion with Dr. Kimberly D. McKee, Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan, and Michelle Li, co-hosted by Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (iSchool at Illinois) and The Very Asian Foundation (virtual – register here)

The Loft Mirrors and Windows Fellowship (virtual/Minneapolis, MN)

East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) webinar (virtual – will be rescheduled)


2023 Previous

November 15
National Book Award ceremony (New York, NY)

October 1-3
Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) annual conference (Champaign, IL)

June 15-18
Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) annual conference (Seattle, WA)

May 4-7
Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat (The Highlights Foundation, Milanville, PA)

April 6-9
The 2023 Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) annual conference (Long Beach, CA)

March 23-25
The 18th Annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2023 (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia)


2024 April 3. Publishers Marketplace announced that Sun Yung Shin and I am adapting Catherine Ceniza Choy’s Asian American Histories of the United States (Beacon Press, 2022) for young readers.

2024 March 27. Patricia Enciso, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and I signed a contract with Routledge to co-edit the Handbook of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.

2023 Nov 15. I served as a judge on the National Book Awards Young People’s Literature jury. See the National Book Foundation announcement for the 2023 National Book Award winners!