With just a few weeks to go until Conceal and reveal: Truth and Lies in Children’s Books, we are very excited to meet and hear more from our Saturday keynote speaker Mac Barnett! Mac is a New York Times bestselling author of over 18 books for children, including two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with past CBI conference speaker Jon Klassen (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn). Mac is a member of the advisory board for 826 Valencia, a creative writing centre for children and young people in San Francisco, networked with Dublin’s own Fighting Words. In Mac’s own words ‘My job is that I lie to children, but they’re honest lies’. Mac maintains that for a child ‘a good book is a secret door‘ and we couldn’t agree more. He expounds on this view on a very funny and insightful TED Talk which to date features over 1,200,000 views! Enjoy it at the link and don’t forget that tickets to Conceal and Reveal are available now on the CBI website, just a few clicks away!