NCTE Build Your Stack Recap

Last weekend I attended the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in balmy Anaheim, CA. The last time the convention was in person was 2019, and it was great to see many author/illustrator friends again! The NCTE convention is a great way for authors and illustrators to get their books in front of educators, and the call for proposals for the 2023 convention is already up here, if you’re interested in applying!

One of the sessions I did at NCTE is called Build Your Stack, where publishers, educators, and authors/illustrators recommend books on selected topics to the audience, which is made up mostly of educators. Author JaNay Brown-Wood and author-illustrator Jason Chin joined me for our session titled, “Friends, Food, and Fauna,” and we shared about our own recently released books, newish books we recommend, and how we thought they could be used in the classroom. For today’s post, I thought I’d share what each of our book stacks were:

JaNay’s Books and Recommended Book Stack:

Jason’s Books and Recommended Book Stack:

Andrea’s Books and Recommended Book Stack:

I hope you’ll check out these book stacks! What recent picture book would you recommend to educators if you were to do a Build Your Stack session?

Congrats to Vijaya for winning a copy of WALLY THE WORLD’S GREATEST PIANO-PLAYING WOMBAT by Ratha Tep from my last post! Look for an email from me soon. 🙂

Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang is an acclaimed author of children’s books. Her book Watercress was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her other books, The Many Meanings of Meilan, Magic Ramen, and The Nian Monster, have also received awards and starred reviews. Her work explores culture, creative thinking, and identity. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family and pandemic pup, Tupelo.


  1. So many amazing books! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you Andrea! I’m so stoked to have my own copy of WALLY. I love this roundup of books too. Really love the work of Janae Brown and Jason Chin. So wonderful that you got to be with them.

  3. Thanks for sharing these lists.

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