Breakout Sessions

Pinkney Grasshopper art

Breakout Sessions

The Festival mission is to carry on Charlotte Huck’s life work of bringing children and books together in order to develop readers who will find a lifetime of pleasure in reading good books. Focusing on children's literature grades K-8, Literature Festival 2016 will feature small group presentations by educators, librarians, authors, illustrators, editors and scholars. We have sessions geared to the interests of primary grades, middle grades, librarians, parents, and aspiring writers.

Unique to the Charlotte S. 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 meet the author/illustrator and to share the learning that has taken place in their classroom. In 2015, students from Redlands, Highlands, and Mentone will be at the Festival with their teachers to meet “their” author or illustrator. All festival participants are invited to observe.

Breakout Session choices for 2016 include:

FRIDAY, February 26 
10:30-11:30 Choice of Breakout Sessions

  1. Multicultural Books—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow : Dr. Claudette S. McLinn discusses trends in multicultural literature over the past twenty years as well as some of the best of the past year.
  2. Bringing the World to Your Door: There are numerous children’s literature bloggers and a cacophony of voices on the internet. Join Vicki Palmquist for a session that will have you feeling more confident about social media and your voice in children’s literature on the web.
  3. Picture Books that Last: Allyn Johnston, Beach Lane Books publisher and vice president, discusses the craft of writing picture books that matter the lives of those who read them.
  4. Promote Literacy with Star Wars Reads Day: Margo Tanenbaum goes through the nuts and bolts of how to put on a successful event at your school or library for families in your community.
  5. Meet Tony Johnston: Author Tony Johnston discusses her books and her writing
  6. Kevin Henkes Meets Mentone Elementary School Students -- Whitney Spalding and her third grade students share their work/projects in response to Kevin Henkes book Chrysanthemum and lead a question and answer session with Kevin Henkes about his work and life.
  7. A Road Trip with Mike Graf: Sacred Heart teacher Kathy Lawson and her fifth grade students have been reading Mike Graf’s Adventures with the Parkers, all packed with interesting facts about national parks, natural history, outdoor safety, and much more. Students will share their projects with Mr. Graf and have an opportunity to interview him.
  8. Picture Book Art Exhibit in Peppers Gallery on campus.

1:45-2:45-Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. Winning Titles for the 2014 & 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children: This award was established to recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. Dr. Marilyn Carpenter and Dr. Bob Wortman will book talk all of the 2014 and 21015 titles
  2. Women of the Revolution: Explore with author Susan Casey who the women were, what they did, and how you and your students can easily access primary and secondary source documents online that detail the achievements of these brave women
  3. A Converstion with Alexis O’Neill: Explore Alexis O’Neill’s books with her in meaningful dialogue about children’s literature, the teaching of writing and reading, and the role of books in the classroom
  4. SQUiNK!: Dr. Ferry-Perata and Dr. Gordon Biddle share SQUINK, a reflective tool to use with younger elementary school-age children.
  5. Using the Language of Pictures: Award-winning illustrators Jerry Pinkney, Kevin Henkes and Debra Frasier discuss how they approach their artistic vision — and share a few secrets along the way.
  6. Linda Sue Park Meets McKinley Students: Carol Dyer and Kim Jensen and their fourth and fifth grade students have been reading books by Linda Sue Park including A Single Shard and A Long Walk to Water. Students will share their work and ask Park about her characters and her books.
  7. Poetry with Mentone Students and Janet Wong: Lauree Simpson and her three/four class share the fun, the wordplay, and the learning that has occurred during a Janet Wong literature study. Now these students have the opportunity to meet and her.
  8. Picture Book Art Exhibit in Peppers Gallery on campus.

SATURDAY, February 27
10:15 - 11:15 Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. Wordless Literacy: Amy Rogers explores wordless picture books and their impact on student's literacy learning.
  2. Using Picture Books as Mentor and Anchor Texts: Be ready to engage with Dr. Amber Bechard to explore lessons for an effectively differentiated classroom! Hands-on lessons in a workshop setting lead to develop a standards based picture book based lesson of their own.
  3. The Importance of Asian-American Children’s Literature: Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan shares findings from her research on Asian-American kidlit which was published in THE ALAN REVIEW and THE CALIFORNIA READER. She will also share trends, book talks, and classroom tips/resources.
  4. Three Authors, Three Hundred Family Stories: Authors Kristine O’Connell George, Linda Sue Park, and Janet Wong share some of their own favorite family stories as well as tips to help your students tap into their stories too.
  5. Jerry Pinkney Meets McKinley Students: Dawn Deponte and Stephanie McNairy will bring Mrs. Deponte’s first grade class to campus to meet Eugene Yelchin and share the work they have created based on his work.
  6. Art Exhibit in Peppers Gallery on campus.

11:30- 12:30 Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. Catch the Cab in Reading-- "CAB", calling all books, is a way to take students on a ride in reading that they will never forget. In this session, Debbie Rich will take teachers and librarians for a ride in the "CAB" for a treasure of new strategies and walk away with ready made lessons to implement. Get ready for fun, involvement, and FREEBIES!
  2. Multicultural Coming-of-Age Novels for Grades 4-8: Using coming-of-age novels from many different cultures, Dr. Sheryl O’Sullivan will consider both the similarities and differences pre-adolescents from many cultures face as they cross over into maturity. An annotated bibliography of all books will be provided.
  3. What Can I Do With these Poetry Books on my Bookshelf? Dr. Claudia Reder celebrates the creativity of language in this interactive session where participants will read poems and share their poetry books in order to create new lessons! Handout of resources and ideas will be given.
  4. Monday’s Lesson: Using Common Core to Write Across Content Areas: Patricia Newman uses mentor text in a Common Core workshop designed to send you back to school on Monday with a complete lesson to improve student writing.
  5. Spike Project: Each of Debra Frasier's books has an accompanying Book Event aimed at building Vocabulary, Creativity, and Community. In this session she shares projects based on Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe, a tale about a dog with a huge heart, a dog who is walking proof of the proverb: Don't judge a book by its cover!
  6. Art Exhibit in Peppers Gallery on campus.

Continue to check this page for updated information on topics, presenters, and session schedule.


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