The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature conference, From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature, will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, November 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Printz Honor awards; and Loren Long, children’s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list. A pre-conference public event will be held Friday evening at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.
Workshops at the full-day conference will help teachers, librarians, and parents make effective use of the latest in e-resources. Workshop topics include “Web Tools and Resources for Reading and Reading Instruction,” “Building Literacy Neighborhoods: Bridges between Public Schools and Public Libraries,” “Mobile Apps in Early Childhood,” and “Deepen Learning through Digital Storytelling.” There will also be Meet-the-Author sessions, reviews of the latest children’s books, and a manuscript critique option for those interested in writing for children.
In honor of one of the founding members of the OKI Children’s Literature Conference, the Charlotte Decker Memorial Award has been established to recognize an individual whose extraordinary efforts have encouraged others to support literacy in youth through time, service and philanthropy. The award is designed to encourage others to enrich the lives of children as Charlotte did through a lifetime of work as librarian, Academic Challenge coach, and volunteer in professional organizations promoting the enjoyment of reading among young people. Instructions for nominating a deserving teacher or librarian for this award are available on the website.
At the pre-conference public event, A Literary Evening, on November 2, families and children will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Gary Schmidt and Loren Long. A panel of local children’s authors will also be present on Friday night to discuss their books and the publishing process. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. All authors will be available to autograph books.
Registration for the Saturday conference, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, is $75.00 until October 25, $85.00 thereafter. Full-time student registration is $35.00 with valid ID. For more information and a registration form, visit the OKI Children’s Literature Conference website: http://oki.nku.edu
The conference is partially supported by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.