23rd Annual Children's Literature Conference April 17

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University will host its 23rd annual Children's Literature Conference virtually, Saturday, April 17.

KU's Children's Literature Conference is a yearly event that invites KU faculty and showcases the creative work of award-winning writers and illustrators. The conference also allows educators to view and share ideas regarding learning, integrating children's literacy through the exploration of literary genres and harnessing the success of nonfiction reading through a diverse range of topics.

The writers and illustrators that have been invited to the conference are:

Tonya Bolden: author of No Small Potatoes, Saving Savannah, Changing to Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM, and Facing Frederick. She has earned both the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Lesa Cline-Ransome: author of Freedom’s School, Game Changers, Before She Was Harriet, and Finding Langston. She had also worked as a publicist, a fashion copywriter, teacher and proofreader. Cline-Ransome has received both the Scott O'Dell Award and the Coretta Scott King Award for her books.

James Ransome: author and illustrator. He has earned the Coretta Scott King Award and IBBY Honor Award for his book, The Creation. For his work on Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, it had earned a Coretta Scott King Award and was chosen as an ALA Notable Book.

Laurie Wallmark: author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, Numbers in Motion, Code Breaker, Spy Hunter and Hedy Lamarr's Double Life. Her books have been chosen for the Crystal Kite Award, Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, Outstanding Science Trade Book, Cook Prize Honor and for Best STEM Book.

All authors and illustrators' works can be purchased through the KU Bookstore Signed books and bookplates are available at the bookstore from March 15-April 20. Books can be both picked up or shipped.

Learn more about this year's conference on its website.