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John Schu (AKA Mr. Schu)
John Schu's Review of Books for You and Your Readers, Too!
John Schu is a blogger, a writer, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. He has built a career out of advocating for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, and the libraries — and librarians! — that connect them. He was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for his dynamic interactions with students and his passionate adoption of new technologies as a means of connecting authors, illustrators, books, and readers. He has served on numerous American Library Association committees, including the Newbery Award selection committee. John is one of the contributors to The Creativity Project. This is a Story, his debut picture book illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, will be published in 2020. He can be found online at


Where to see John Schu
Thursday, June 18th
Morning Keynote: Pernille Ripp
Afternoon Keynote: Pam Muñoz Ryan
St. Louis
Wednesday June 24th
Morning Keynote: Sara K. Ahmed
Afternoon Keynote: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Thursday, July 9th
Morning Keynote: Pernille Ripp
Afternoon Keynote: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Tuesday, July 14th
Morning Keynote: Kate Messner
Afternoon Keynote: Erin Entrada Kelly
Tuesday, July 21st
Morning Keynote: Lauren Tarshis
Afternoon Keynote: Renée Watson
Costa Mesa
Thursday, July 23rd
Morning Keynote: Donalyn Miller
Afternoon Keynote: Meg Medina

How to Attend
Registration for the 2020 Independent Reading Summits will open in February. Mark your calendar to come back and reserve your spot!

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