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This year, student authors and their guests will enjoy a fun presentation with author Shelley Johannes!

The Advice That Changed My Life

 Author-illustrator Shelley Johannes will share her journey from shy, artistic child to published author, focusing on the writing advice that changed the course of her life.

Shelley Johannes is the author/illustrator of the acclaimed Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker chapter book series, and two buoyant picture books, More Than Sunny and This Joy! Her forthcoming picture book, What Are You Waiting For?, written by Marcy Campbell, releases in 2025. 

A former architectural designer, Shelley now makes books for kids from her childhood home in Michigan, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and three adorable birds.

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.

  • All guests of the student must purchase a lunch to attend the luncheon.
  • Refunds will not be available.
  • Seating is pre-arranged; therefore anyone who is not included in this number will be unable to sit with your group.
  • Teachers, if you are attending with your student, and wish to be seated with them, please note your students name in the designated area of your registration.
  • Young Authors will receive 1 complimentary copy of the Kaleidoscope Publication and a Kaleidoscope Medal. 
  • If you are unable to attend the luncheon, a copy of Kaleidoscope and your medal will be mailed to you after the conference. Additional copies are available for purchase on the Not Attending Link on the registration page only.

Luncheon Menu Information

Students and guests will be able to choose between two lunch options as follows, and guest meals are $35.00 each. (Student lunch is complimentary.)

  • Turkey Wrap Shaved Turkey, Crisp Garden Lettuce, and Vine Ripe Tomato in a Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • GF - Turkey Wrap Shaved Turkey, Crisp Garden Lettuce, and Vine Ripe Tomato
  • V - Grilled Veggie Wrap Balsamic Grilled Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Peppers and Onions in a Tomato Tortilla
  • GF-V - Grilled Veggie Wrap Balsamic Grilled Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Peppers and Onions

All Boxed Lunches include Cutlery, Condiments, an Individual Bag of Potato Chips, Apple, a Cookie, and Choice of Soda or Bottled Water.

All selections are peanut and tree nut free

Please use the hotel information below to book a room for your stay!


600 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912

Start Date: Friday, March 15, 2024

End Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024

Last Day to Book: Monday, February 26, 2024

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Courtyard Lansing Downtown for 145 USD per night

Book your group rate for MRA

*Prices subject to change and do not include taxes and fees.

The DoubleTree Hotel Block is full. click on DoubleTree By Hilton Lansing(Formerly the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol)

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