Small Group Sessions
Literature Festival 2013 will feature small group presentations by educators, librarians, authors, illustrators, and scholars in the field of children's literature. We will have sessions geared to the interests of primary grades, middle grades, librarians, parents, and aspiring writers. You will also have an opportunity to attend Meet-the-Author Sessions, an informal conversation between those attending and the author or illustrator.
Unique to the Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival is an opportunity for local teachers and their students to study the work of one children’s book author or illustrator and then come to the festival to share the learning that has taken place in their classroom and to meet this author/illustrator. This year students from San Bernardino, Redlands, and Highland will be coming with their teachers to meet with “their” author or illustrator. All festival participants are invited to observe.
Topics from which you can choose include:
FRIDAY, March 1
10:30-11:30 Choice of Small Group Sessions
- BEST BOOKS FOR K-8TH GRADE – 2012-13: Children’s literature consultant and blogger Marilyn Carpenter shares the best new books of the past year. Marilyn’s recommendations are posted on this website and will be for sale at the Festival at the Frugal Frigate.
- MAKING FISH EYES WITH LOIS EHLERT AND DENISE FLEMING: The students of Jennifer Calloway and Emily Brown-Parker from Parkside Elementary School in San Bernardino have spent an exciting year reading and innovating on books by Lois Ehlert. These classes have added Denise Fleming to their repertoire and will have the opportunity to meet Fleming and share their art and other learning.
- EXPLORING FREEDOM: The fifth grade students of Cathy Faust explored what “freedom” meant to African Americans during Lincoln’s presidency using Judith Fradin’s books, Stolen Into Slavery, and The Price of Freedom. At the Festival they will share their learning and then have an opportunity to meet and interview Judy Fradin.
- SEEING THROUGH THE ARTIST’S EYES: Marsha MacLean’s students have been moved by Bryan Collier’s artwork in such books as Freedom Road, Martin’s Big Words, Dave the Potter, and Fifty Cents and a Dream. They are eager to share what they have learned and to hear from him.
- A ROAD TRIP WITH MIKE GRAF: Second and third grade students from Mariposa School in Redlands and their teacher Tandi Liess integrate social studies and language arts as they read Mike Graf’s Adventures with the Parkers. Students will share their projects with the audience and with Mr. Graf and then have the opportunity to meet and interview the author.
- PANTYA'S POETS: Children enjoy stories and poems as much as adults do. Wendy Pantya’s second grade students read daily to each other and love to share their stories and poems. They are anxious to share their joy with Marilyn Singer as she brings us her wonderful words!
1:45-2:45 Choice of Small Group Sessions
7. VOCABULARY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING!: Dr. Bob Wortman back by popular demand. He will share a variety of engaging vocabulary strategy lessons that are designed to support students becoming independent. The strategies are tied to authentic literature and based on Common CORE standards.
8. BRINGING LITERACY TO SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN: Author and literacy advocate Monica Holloway focuses on the value of childhood reading and education for all children.
9. BEYOND THE DREIDEL: Lisa Silverman examines the depiction of the Jewish American Experience in Children’s literature, particularly picture books. An evaluative guide will be provided, along with an annotated bibliography of recommended titles that is also posted on this website. The books will be available at the Festival at Mrs. Nelson’s..
10. ENHANCING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITH THE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY: CeCe Gaede will share a variety of ways to respond to literature that she has created and collected over the years. Topics to be explored will include dramatic retelling, artistic response, music, and online animated book resources.
11. FINDING THE BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: THE CHILDREN’S BOOK-A-DAY ALMANAC: In this illustrated lecture, Anita Silvey presents new and old beloved books and ideas to tie them to every day of the year.
12. UNDER GROUND WITH DENISE FLEMING: An informal question and answer sessions with gardener, paper maker and author/illustrator Denise Fleming.
4:00-5:45 BOOK SIGNING, RECEPTION AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
During the Book Signing you may want to use part of the time to attend one of the SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. These are networking sessions requested by participants at past festivals. Meet with others who share the same interests and still have time to purchase books and have them signed!
4:15-5:00 SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
13. WEAVING CHARLOTTE’S WEB: Special Interest Group for Children’s Literature Instructors at the post-secondary level facilitated by Nancy Brashear. Bring copies of your syllabus to share.
14. READ TO ME: Special interest group for parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts facilitated by Gretchen Pelle retired teacher and Book Grandma.
5:00-5:45 SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
15. THE WRITING GROUP: A networking opportunity for novice writers and illustrators of children’s literature facilitated by Allyn Johnston
16. CHECK IT OUT: Special Interest Group for Librarians. Share ideas and programs that have worked for your libraries and learn what has worked for others facilitated by A. K. Smiley Youth Services Librarian Pamela Bunch.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
10:30 - 11:30 Choice of Small Group Sessions
17. FICTION ADVENTURES IN THE NATIONAL PARKS: Join author Mike Graf as he takes you through his process of writing outdoor national park adventures.
18. THE HERO'S JOURNEY: USING STORIES TO SLAY DRAGONS: Meagan Moore shares her experiences using storytelling to spark imagination and critical thinking in the standardized and test-driven education systems of India and the United States.
19. THE INTERACTIVE STUDENT: DEVELOPING CREATIVE, INDEPENDENT AND REFLECTIVE THINKERS AND WRITERS: Melissa Facio and Sherri Williams share techniques to effective use ISN in coordination with the move to Common Core Standards.
20. USING MENTOR TEXT TO INSPIRE OUTSTANDING WRITING IN THE K-2 CLASSROOM: Rozanne Williams will share ways to empower beginning writers with powerful strategies, fun-to-read books that model writing concepts and writing activities linked directly to Common Core Standards.
21. LINKING LITERATURE TO SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: Speech and Language Pathologist Lindsey Pelle Christopherson focuses on how children’s literature can be used to develop normal speech and language.
22. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHING: In a strictly question-and-answer session, publishing veteran Anita Silvey will answer questions about the state of publishing, self-publishing, and submitting books for publication.
11:45 - 12:45 Choice of Small Group Sessions
23. GREEN INSPIRATION: WHY WE NEED GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES AND SIX WRITING TOOLS THEY CAN TEACH US: Drawing on recent environmental novels, writer Elizabeth Kuelbs will call for natural wonder in narrative, present some of the pitfalls of writing with an agenda, and offer tools to help you weave your important issues into your stories.
24. POSTMODERN PICTURE BOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: Dr. Gail Bouslough takes us through the innovations and playful nature of postmodern picture books that make them ideal to promote literacy and creativity.
25. LET’S DO POETRY: CHANT IT, MOVE IT, ACT IT, CREATE IT! Join Claudia Reder's poetry circle and participate in choral reading, create poems, and brainstorm ways to use poetry in the classroom.
26. BRYAN COLLIER’S STORY: An informal question and answer session with award winning illustrator Bryan Collier.
27. FINDING THE FACTS WITH JUDY FRADEN: An informal question and answer session with Judy Fraden, author and passionate cheerleader for nonfiction.
Continue to check this page for updated information on topics, presenters, and the schedule.