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KU Hosts 15th Annual Children's Literature Conference

April 2, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will host its 15th annual Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the McFarland Student Union. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., in MSU room 183.

Kutztown's Children's Literature Conference strives to give attendees access to high quality and award winning authors, and in past years has hosted Caldecott winners Tomie DePaola, Steven Kellogg and Jerry Pinkney.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations by prominent children's author Janet Wong, winner of the International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award; author Suzanne Fisher-Staples, Newbery Honor Medalist and winner of the American Library Association's Best Book for the Young Adult award; author and illustrator Chris Soentpiet, winner of the Society of Illustrators' Gold Medal and NAACP's Image Award; and Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of "Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections," "Nonfiction Mentor Texts," and "Mentor Texts."

The conference will cover a variety of topics including the integration of learning, reading, writing and personal experiences of students, and facilitating childhood literacy through the exploration of different genres. Mentor Text authors Lynn Dorfman and Rose Cappelli will emphasize the Common Core Standards on nonfiction reading materials and provide teachers and librarians an excellent opportunity to discover how they can effectively use children's literature across subject areas.

On Friday, elementary school students from several local and regional school districts have been invited to meet with featured authors and illustrators on campus. This outreach gives students the opportunity to interact with speakers and introduces them to accessible children's literature.

Autograph sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. During the sessions, participants will have the opportunity to meet children's literature authors and illustrators.

A three hour PA KEY training certificate and five hours of Act 48 credits are available for attendees who qualify. For more information, please contact Megan Borascius at 610-683-4627 or

Additional information is available at the Children's Literature Conference website,