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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Jonathon Hunt is an outstanding teacher, enthusiastic librarian and a dynamic presenter who gives his audience exactly what they want – dozens and dozens of irresistible titles for teens and a wealth of ideas on how to use them in their classrooms and libraries.

In addition to being a full-time educator, Jonathan has served on numerous award committees, including the Newbery Medal, the Printz Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Jonathan reviews young adult literature for the Horn Book Magazine and frequently writes feature articles and columns for them as well. He is also the author of The Best Young Adult Books of the Decade and How to Use Them in Your Program (Grades 6-12), the extensive resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar.

This entertaining, fast-paced seminar provides a special opportunity to become familiar with the best teen books of the past ten years and how to use them to motivate students to read, read, read. You’ll leave with a generous bibliography of highly useful young adult titles and a wealth of practical ideas you can implement immediately in your classroom or library.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“I was truly astounded by Jonathan’s unbelievable recollection of young adult literature. He is an inspiration to those of us who try to pass on a love of books to our students!”
– Amy Carr, 8th Grade Reading Teacher

“This was the best Young Adult book seminar – and the most useful – that I’ve attended in the past ten years.”
– Rina Kravney, Librarian

“What a great seminar! Thanks for the fantastic selection of book titles!”
– Terry Howerton, Junior/Senior High Librarian

“I can’t wait to get back and order these books!”
– Terry Kite, Librarian

“Jonathan is extremely well-read and he’s motivated me to read so many new novels. This was one of the most useful and applicable seminars I’ve attended!”
– Amy Wideman, 9th Grade Teacher

“Usually, if I come away from a seminar with one or two ideas I’m satisfied. Today I feel like I have a fresh, new curriculum!”
– Crystal Harsy, English 10 Teacher

“Excellent resources and lots of valuable information for secondary teachers! I loved Jonathan’s recommendations!”
– Lori Mizania, English 9 Teacher

“Thanks for all the great resources, Jonathan! This seminar is filled with practical information and valuable book lists for secondary teachers.”
– Elizabeth Gillham, 9th Grade English Teacher

“Very well done! I learned a lot and I appreciate the excellent books Jonathan discussed and his good ideas for student involvement.”
– Kathy Sullivan, Librarian

“I’m amazed by Jonathan’s knowledge about every book he’s read. Thanks so much for sharing!”
– Linda Reck, Media-Tech Librarian

“I received a wealth of titles for my students plus some great ideas for book reports, too.”
– Michael Moore, Reading/English Teacher

“Jonathan is an excellent presenter! He is obviously an avid reader and passionate about trying to connect students with books.”
– Sharon Brown, Librarian

“Jonathan’s knowledge of Young Adult books is impressive, as is his insight into the relevance of these books to today’s young adults. I’m walking away with some great new ideas and strategies!”
– Patricia Einspar, Grades 6-8 Humanities Teacher