This year, student authors and their guests will enjoy a fun and interactive presentation with author Alice McGinty!
Alice B. McGinty delights in igniting imaginations. As the award-winning author of almost 50 children’s books, she makes fiction and non-fiction accessible, engaging, and fun and brings excitement to writing through interactive presentations. “There is nothing I like better than to share my enthusiasm for books and writing with children,” she says.
Her books include Jr. Library Guild Selection and Kid's Indie Next Pick, Bathe the Cat (2022, Chronicle Books, illustrated by David Roberts), ALA Notable Book, Jr. Library Guild Selection and Norman A. Sugarman Honor Book, The Water Lady (2021, Schwartz and Wade, illustrated by Shonto Begay) and 2019 Jr. Library Guild Selection, The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney (Schwartz and Wade, illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle).
A frequent presenter at schools and conferences, Alice was awarded the 2017 Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children. She also runs Words on Fire, a summer writing camp for teens, is Regional Adviser Emerita for the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is a children’s book reviewer, writing tutor, and writing coach.
Luncheon Event Details
As an honored Student Author, your lunch is our gift to you, compliments of the Michigan Reading Association. You are welcome to bring up to 5 guests; however, their meal tickets must be purchased. The costs are listed in the registration form. Please contact MRA at 616-647-9310 with any questions.
Luncheon Menu Information
Students and guests will be able to choose between two lunch options as follows:
All plated lunches served tableside with freshly baked rolls and butter, coffees, a selection of hot teas and unsweetened iced tea.
gf- gluten free
All selections are peanut and tree nut free
If you wish to stay in Grand Rapids, please use this link to take advantage of our reserved block of rooms.
Guest Room Rates starting at 165.00*
*Prices subject to change
MRA hotel guests are offered discounted parking rates at $15.00 per day.
Please visit the hotel website for all other parking information.
Would you like to purchase MRA swag? Select items are available in youth sizes too!
Order your gear at the conference!