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KU to Host 18th Annual Children's Literature Conference

February 10, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will host its 18th annual Children's Literature Conference (CLC) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the McFarland Student Union (MSU) building, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. in the MSU auditorium. On April 15, elementary school students from local and regional school districts will visit KU to meet featured authors and illustrators from the conference.

The CLC is a collaborative initiative involving Kutztown University's faculty and staff working towards providing current and future educators with the opportunity to experience the work of award-winning authors and illustrators. Each year, the conference strives to present attendees with new ideas on a variety of topics such as the integration of learning; exploring reading and writing through the personal experiences of students; facilitating childhood literacy through the exploration of different genres; and effective use of nonfiction reading materials across all subject areas. Those in attendance at the conference are encouraged to challenge themselves and others to be active and creative in the learning process. 

KU's CLC strives to give attendees access to high caliber, award-winning authors.  This year's presenters are Fleetwood native, Boston Globe Honor and Charlotte Zolotow Honor winning author and illustrator Jonathan Bean; Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor and Jane Addams Honor-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney; and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author Emily Arnold McCully.  Also presenting is Society of Illustrators-winning illustrator and author Daniel Kirk.

Autograph sessions with the various children's literature authors and illustrators will be held at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Qualified attendees of the conference will receive five hours of Act 48 credits, and attendees working in the Early Childhood field will be able to receive a four hour PA KEY training certificate.

For more information about the event, visit the Kutztown University Children's Literature Conference website at www.kuchildrensliterature.weebly.com, or contact Sarah Bryski at childlitconfku@gmail.com.