Last week I attended a Book Blogger Conference that was part of Book Expo America (BEA). The highlights of the conference were the keynotes given by Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Randi Zuckerberg, who most of us know from serving as the marketing director of Facebook for six years and from her famous brother. But do you know what Zuckerberg has been up to lately?
Randi Zuckerberg is currently the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and mother to a two year old boy. Zuckerberg Media is a company that is involved in creating branded content for brands by partnering with television networks, and developing original productions. They have worked with clients such as Cirque du Soleil, BeachMint, the UN Foundation, and Conde Nast. You would think this would be enough to satisfy anyone. Not Randi Zuckerberg.
She is currently developing TWO new projects:
1. Dot.Complicated – This will be a web community and weekly newsletter to help you untangle your digital lives and the complications of today’s digital landscape. It looks like its geared mostly to parents and families, but it doesn’t specifically say that, so I could be wrong. You can sign up to be notified of the launch.
2. Dot. – A picture book for children, ages 4-8, about a girl combining her knowledge of electronic devices with her resourceful imagination to go on an interactive journey in the real world. Coming November 5, 2013 from Harper Collins Publishers.
Now that you know what Randi Zuckerberg is up to, I’d love to give you a little peek into the Keynotes at the Book Blogger Conference at BEA. Here is a video of part of Randi Zuckerberg’s keynote on the 10 type of people you don’t want to see on social media:
I would also like to mention one thing that Will Schwalbe said in his keynote. He told a story about a woman who told him that whenever she tried to have a conversation with her grandson, he never had anything to say to her and gave one word answers to all her questions. She noticed that he was reading The Hunger Games series. She got the books and read them and they have been having fantastic conversations ever since. I love these stories. More proof that books, TV, movies and music will help you connect with your teens and tweens.
It was fascinating listening to Randi Zuckerberg and Will Schwalbe give their keynotes at the conference at BEA. They also were both incredibly nice. You will be seeing many book reviews on Connect with your Teens in the upcoming weeks.
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