F277. Adding a Laugh Track: The Role of Humor in Kidlit

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Four Young Adult and Middle Grade authors will discuss the role of humor in their works and how it can help with creating relatable characters, illustrating character growth, heightening the stakes, dealing with tough subjects, and attracting reluctant readers. The authors will discuss different ways in which their works use humor and the things that make them, and readers, laugh.


Carrie DuBois-Shaw is the coauthor (with Betsy Aldredge) of the young adult romance, Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things. She is a playwright, arts administrator, and advocate for literature and performing arts for young people.

Betsy Aldredge is the co-author of Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, a YA contemporary romance which has been called "the most hilarious, charming, feminist Sasquatch hunting book ever to grace a bookshelf."

J.C. Davis is a children's lit author. Her first novel, Cheesus Was Here, is a YA Contemporary about a tiny Texas town where ridiculous miracles happen. Ms. Davis's short stories have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies.

Kristin L. Gray is the author of Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge, The Amelia Six (forthcoming), and a funny picture book about a koala who wants to be a bear. School Library Journal called her debut middle grade "full of humor." Gray Skypes with schools across the country and belongs to Arkansas SCBWI.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center