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CBC Ed. Talks Videos

CBC Ed Talk is a series of monthly educational events for CBC member publisher staff, hosted on Zoom, that will expand the programming created by the Forum and other committees. The videos below are available exclusively to CBC members. If you are a member and have forgotten the login, please email cbc.info@cbcbooks.org.

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2022 Disability and Neurodiversity in the Workplace  

The panel is comprised of several disabled and neurodivergent publishing professionals who share issues they face in the children’s publishing world, and they help provide action steps to implement in your own work settings; helping all to work toward industry-wide positive change. Find the password-protected transcript here.

Moderated by: Naomi Davis — Literary Agent, BookEnds Literary Agency


  • Madison Parrotta — Senior Editor, Includas Publishing
  • Victoria Hendersen — Foreign Rights Assistant, New Leaf Literary and Media
  • Kirsteen Navarro — Part-time Digital and Social Media Coordinator, P.S. Literary Agency
  • Victoria Mallorga Hernández — Chief Organizer of Literature, ANTIFIL
  • Natasha Razi — Writer & Editor, Razi Editorial

2021 How to Speak Toddler  

The panel centers on the unique needs of baby and toddler readers with a focus on the multi-sensory experience and explores a creative range of formats, from board books to cloth, as well as a wide variety of interactive novelty books. Panelists share their experiences creating books that best engage these budding young readers.

Moderated by: Liza Baker — Vice President and Publisher of Cartwheel Books and Orchard Books at Scholastic


  • Jennifer Delaney — Production Director, Charlesbridge
  • Maria Elias — Art Director, Rise x Penguin Workshop
  • Meredith Mundy — Editorial Director, Appleseed/ABRAMS
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney — Author

2021 Graphic Novels Early Readers  

As the comics format continues to grow in sales, more and more publishers are bringing them to early readers. Brigid Alverson, Graphic Novel journalist for SLJ & PW, will moderate this Ed. Talk panel on the opportunities and challenges of publishing graphic novels for the early reader age range.

Moderated by: Brigid Alverson — Graphic Novel journalist for School Library Journal & Publishers Weekly


  • Justin Colussy-Estes — Store Manager, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA
  • Phil Falco — Art Director, Scholastic Graphix
  • Sarah Gaydos — Editor in Chief, Oni-Lion Forge Publishing
  • Geoff Lapid — US Sales and Marketing Manager, Flying Eye

2021 How to Speak Copy Editor  

Disney Copy Chief, Guy Cunningham moderates a panel of copyediting professionals, some in-house and some freelance. The panel discusses topics like keeping up with ever-changing language, conscious language, hard deadlines in relation to other departments, and more.

Moderated by: Guy CunninghamCopy Chief, Disney Publishing


  • Anna Dobbin — Copy Editor and Proofreader, Freelance
  • Debbie DeFord-Minerva — Copy Editor, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House
  • Hannah Mahoney — Copy Manager, Candlewick and Freelance
  • Christine Ma — Copy Editor and Proofreader, Freelance

2021 Teen Talks  

Antonio Gonzalez Cerna, Levine Querido’s marketing director and a panelist on our recent Why YA? panel, leads four teens from around the country on a discussion about what they read, when they read, and why they read. The panel discusses trends in YA as seen through the eyes of teens, as well as ways they access books, covers they love, and more.

2021 Why YA?  

The CBC is proud to bring you insights into trends in YA, as seen through the eyes of editors and marketing and publicity folks, as well as discussion on how editorial, marketing, and publicity work together in different roles to support the ultimate success of YA books.

Moderated by: Bess Braswell — Inkyard Press Publishing Director


  • Krestyna Lypen — Editor of Algonquin Young Readers
  • Saraciea Fennell — Publicity Manager of Tor Books
  • Antonio Gonzalez Cerna — Marketing Director of Levine Querido

2021 How to Speak Publicist  

The CBC is proud to bring you insights into the publicity and marketing fields, including the challenges and successes they face in this new virtual era, how they work with the media, the differences between publicity and marketing, and ways in which their colleagues in other departments can interact with them and support their work in getting books into the hands of readers.


  • Shifa Kapadwala — Scholastic Global Brand Publicity Manager


  • Faye Bi — Director of Publicity at Bloomsbury Children’s
  • Geena El-Haj — Publicity & Marketing Coordinator at Mango Publishing
  • Morgan Kane — Assistant Director of Publicity at Macmillan Children’s
  • Jackson Ingram — Marketing Specialist at Andrews McMeel

2020 How to Speak Designer  

The CBC Forum Committee is proud to bring you an inside look into How to Speak Designer. Disney Hyperion Creative Director, Joann Hill, moderates a panel of art directors and designers about how they work effectively with editors, marketing managers, and authors to illuminate the mind of a designer for non-designers. Panelists share examples of work-in-progress designs and discuss the challenges and joys of collaborating. An audience Q&A ends the program.


  • Dave Caplan — VP and Creative Director, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Mary Claire Cruz — Senior Designer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Lucy Ruth Cummins — Executive Art Director, Simon & Schuster
  • Donna Mark — Creative Director, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
  • Sharismar Rodriguez — Senior Art Director, Macmillan Children’s Group (was unable to attend)


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