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Kutztown University to Host 16th Annual Children's Literature Conference

March 31, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will host its 16th annual Children's Literature Conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 12 in the McFarland Student Union (MSU) building. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. in the MSU Auditorium.

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

This year, participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations by prominent author Frank Serafini, CYBILS Award winner for best non-fiction; author Jim Murphy, Newbery Honor Award winner; and illustrator David Wiesner, Caldecott Medal Award winner.

The conference is a collaborative initiative involving Kutztown's faculty and staff to provide current and future educators 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, reading and writing with personal experiences of students, facilitating childhood literacy through the exploration of different genres and effective use of nonfiction reading materials across all subject areas. We hope that our event will encourage those in attendance to challenge themselves and others to be active and creative in the learning process. 

On Friday, elementary school students from several local and regional school districts have been invited to hear featured authors or illustrators here on campus. This outreach gives students the opportunity to interact with speakers and exposes 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 mbora914@live.kutztown.edu.