26th Annual Reading Round-Up of Children’s and Young Adult (YA) Literature Augusta Civic Center, Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Location: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
  • Cost: $75 includes lunch
  • Theme: "Reading Between the Blurred Lines: Children's Literature Today"
  • Registration: Register for RRU on the statewide CE Calendar

2015 Keynote Speaker: Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone, children's nonfiction author will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Reading Round-Up Conference. Ms. Stone studied English at Oberlin College and was an editor of children's nonfiction for many years. She also has a Masters Degree. She teaches writing at Champlain College. After many years as an editor, Tanya moved to Vermont and returned to writing. This award-winning author has written titles that include the young adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House), Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald (Viking),  picture books Elizabeth Leads the Way (Holt 2008), Sandy's Circus (Viking 2008), and Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? (Holt 2013) and narrative nonfiction Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick 2009), The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie (Viking 2010), and Courage Has No Color (Candlewick 2013). A new picture book about Jane Addams called The House that Jane Built (Holt 2014) is forthcoming.

Workshops: Download the Reading Roundup Program [Word, 49 KB] 

Conference Committee

Deborah Clark, Southern Maine Library District; Deb Cleveland, Auburn Public Library; Deanna Contrino, St. Brigid School, Portland; Amy Wells Denecker, Windham High School; Patti Francis, Pownal Elementary School; Dorothy Hall-Riddle, New Gloucester; Cathi Howell, Lincoln Academy, Newcastle; Laurel Parker, Windham Public Library; and Shannon Schinagl, Maine State Library.


76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME (207) 626-2405. Take I-95 Exit 112 (Civic Center). At Civic Center sign, turn right into the complex. About 100 yards from the sign, bear right past the Holiday Inn/Ground Round Restaurant to Civic Center. Use North Wing entrance.


$75 payment must be received to guarantee space. This conference usually sells out quickly so do not delay Mailing check. NO PURCHASE ORDERS. Fee includes lunch (buffet style with vegetarian choices).  Please confirm with your administration and/or your business office that you will in fact be allowed to attend Reading Round Up because there will be NO REFUNDS after March 1, 2015; a large number of refund requests puts a strain on Maine State Library resources, and impacts our conference planning.

Make check payable to "Treasurer, State of Maine" and mail to: Elaine Bissonnette, Southern Maine Library District, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101.  Please include your name with check so we register the correct person.

Book Sales & Signings

Copies of presenters and award winning books will be available for purchase. We respectfully ask that you not bring personal copies for signing. Participants may purchase books during registration 7:45 – 8:15, and at all breaks.

Contact Hours

The Maine State Library no longer issues CEU’s (Continuing Education Units), but you can print a certificate of attendance after the conference. You will be given a link to fill out a survey online and once you submit the survey, you will be directed to the certificate. 


Will be sent via email when you register and when payment is received.


Call Elaine Bissonnette at (207) 871-1766 or email elaine.m.bissonnette@maine.gov for more information. Please call Elaine immediately if an emergency prevents your attendance so we can fill your space from the waiting list.

Bad Weather Policy

Call 871-1766 for answering machine message after 6:00 a.m. on April 9 or call the Civic Center at 626-2405. No snow date and no refunds if event is held.


We reserve the right to cancel the conference and/or
individual workshops if minimum registration is not met.