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2012 Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature

 

March 23 & 24th will be an exciting time in Athens, GA.  The 43rd annual Conference on Children’s Literature will be taking place at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and this year promises some top-notch authors and illustrators.  They include:

  • Barbara O’Connor:  the author of TheFantastic Secret of Owen Jester, a 2011-2012 Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee. She is also the recipient of multiple Parents’ Choice Awards forGreetings from Nowhere, How to Steal a Dog, Moonpie and Ivy, and Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia.
  • Mike Wimmer:   the illustrator ofFlight: The Journey of Charldes Lindbergh, winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction,Homerun: The Story of Babe Ruth, andOne Giant Leap (all by Robert Burliegh). He is also the illustrator of All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan and Theodore by Frank Keating.
  • Carole Boston Weatherford:  the author of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. She is also the author of Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane, andBecoming Billie Holiday. Her book Dear Mr. Rosenwald was on the Notable Books for a Global Society list.
  • Jody Feldman: the author of The Gollywhopper Games, winner of the 2010-2011 Georgia Children’s Book Award. She is also the author of The Seventh Level.
  • Meghan McCarthy: the author and illustrator of Aliens Are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast, winner of the 2010-2011 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award and an ALA Notable Book. Her other books include: Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum, Astronaut Handbook, and Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas.

Registration for this conference has remained an affordable $125 for several years.  Your registration includes 5 general sessions by authors and illustrators, 2 catered lunches where you will feel well-taken care of and have a chance to chat with educators that share your interests, 3 blocks of concurrent sessions presented by fellow educators, multiple opportunities to get author/illustrator autographs, and the state finals of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  Early bird registration ends March 5th and the fee will increase to $145.

I invite you to attend my concurrent session called “Techno Poetry”, where I will share the many ways I’m using technology to allow students to craft and publish a variety of poems as well as connecting their poetry to a global audience.

More info can be found on the conference website.  Hope to see you there.

Andy Plemmons

School Librarian

David C. Barrow Elementary

Athens, GA

http://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.com

http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/webpages/aplemmons

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Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature

The 42nd Annual Conference on Children’s Literature will be held in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on March 4th and 5th.  This conference features award-winning authors speaking about their writing as well as concurrent sessions on incorporating children’s literature into a variety of lessons and projects in your classrooms and media centers.  I’ve always found the author sessions to be quite inspiring for lessons on writing with students.  It brings a new perspective to your lessons when you can quote what an author said about his or her craft.  This year guest authors include Alma Flor Ada, Gail Gibbons, M.T. Anderson, Mary Downing Hahn, and Karen Beaumont.  There will be opportunities to meet the authors and get books signed for your libraries and your own personal collection.  Early bird registration has been extended through February 18th.

The prices are as follows:

▪                Early fee paid on or before 2/18/11 – $125

▪                Fee paid after 2/18/11 – $145

▪                Full-time UGA student* with no meals – $45

▪                Full-time UGA student* with meals – $80

▪                Full-time non-UGA student* with no meals – $55

▪                Full-time non-UGA student* with meals – $95

More information about the conference can be found on the conference website and registration can be done in a variety of ways through the Georgia Center website.  The full schedule will be posted very soon with a list of all of the concurrent sessions.

Also, don’t forget that on March 3, the David C. Barrow Elementary Media Center will hold an open house in honor of its distinction as the 2010 exemplary elementary media program.  Come early to the Children’s Literature Conference and visit Barrow Elementary.  It’s just one block away from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Andy Plemmons

School Librarian

David C. Barrow Elementary

Athens, GA

http://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.com

http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/webpages/aplemmons

 

 

“New Literacies for a Diverse World”: KSU Annual Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults

http://www.kennesaw.edu/education/eece/childlit/ 

Literature Conference via kwout

Register now for the Kennesaw State University Annual Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults.  As in years past, the conference features a day with an elementary school focus and a day with a focus on middle and high school themes/topics.   The conference is also accepting proposals for concurrent sessions until January 28, 2011.  For more information on the conference and featured authors/speakers, please visit the official conference website.

Buffy Hamilton, GLMA Communications Coordinator
Creekview High School