Small Group Sessions

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Breakout Sessions

Focusing on children's literature grades K-8, Literature Festival 2014 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.

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 2014, students from Colton, Redlands, and Highland will be at the Festival with their teachers to meet “their” author or illustrator. All festival participants are invited to observe.

Your choices for 2014 include:

FRIDAY, January 24
10:00-11:00 Choice of Breakout Sessions

  1. AUTHORS AND THE COMMON CORE: MAKING BOOKS “MUST HAVES” FOR SCHOOLS: Author Alexis O’Neill, a former elementary school teacher and teacher educator, weighs in on what authors are doing today to address this new educational movement.
  2. MENTOR TEXTS TO ENRICH WRITING EXPERIENCES IN THE CLASSROOM: Marilyn Carpenter will spotlight children’s books that can be shared as mentor texts to inspire children’s writing.
  3. POETRY FOR CHILDREN IN SPANISH: PAST AND RECENT COLLECTIONS: Maria Cecilia Ruiz describes a selection of past and recent collections of poems for children in Spanish followed by a discussion of how to help children fall in love with poetry in Spanish.
  4. CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD COMMITTEES: HOW THEY WORK: Claudette McLinn shares her experience with ALA/ALSC Awards committees discussing how to get on the committee, choosing a winner, the award fanfare, and the passion the award inspires.
  5. WRITING AND EDITING WITHOUT WORDS: Dinah Stevenson and David Wiesner discuss how an editor and illustrator work together to produce award winning picture books.
  6. CANDACE FLEMING AUTHOR STUDY: Marsha MacLean’s third grade students have the opportunity to meet Candace Fleming and share the work they have done with her books.

1:30-2:30-Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY: Explore recent professional books with Nancy O’Connor, owner of O.W.L.
  2. BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF READERS: Stephanie Deininger and Melanie Hendrickson share multiple ideas for building a community of readers in a variety of contexts including parents, friends, students
  3. MUCH MORE THAN LEPRECHAUNS: AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FROM IRELAND: Sheryl O’Sullivan explores books that have won the top Irish children’s literature award and examines the universal themes with a focus on how these books can be incorporated into U.S. classrooms.
  4. INFORMATIONAL TEXT AND THE COMMON CORE: Robert Wortman (Dr. Bob) shares strategy lessons and student examples of reading and writing informational texts in order to meet Common CORE requirements.
  5. THE HEART OF AN ARTIST: Linda Meacham brings her second grade students to campus to meet Eugene Yelchin and share the work they have done.
  6. A LOIS LOWRY AUTHOR STUDY: Monet Stewart’s eighth grade students will present their projects as well as lead a Q & A with the famed writer about her work and her life.
  7. A FOOT IN THE MOUTH WITH 5TH GRADERS AND PAUL JANECZKO: Focusing on the work of Paul Janeczko, Kathy Lawrence and her fifth grade students demonstrate how to incorporate a poetry-based author study as schools move into an era of common core curriculum.

SATURDAY, January 25
10:15 - 11:15 Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. RELUCTANT READERS: YES, THERE’S HOPE! Author Janet Tashjian will share tips on how to get books into the hands of even the most skeptical students.
  2. SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN: Anthologist, Paul Janeczko, and poet, Kristine O’Connell George, develop an anthology before your very eyes ; you will leave with a selection of poems for your classroom.
  3. 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN: Librarian Laura McConnell shares this highly successful program that encourages and helps parents to read 1000 books to their children before kindergarten.
  4. A CONVERSATION WITH ERIC ROHMANN: An informal conversation with award winning author/Illustrator Eric Rohmann.
  5. MY WRITING LIFE: An informal question and answer session with award winning author Lois Lowry.
  6. A SCRAPBOOK LOOK AT LIFE: Author Candace Fleming discusses the research and writing process that led to her award winning biographies

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

  1. USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE READING AND WRITING IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM: CeCe Gaede shares the ways she uses technology in classroom Reading and Writing activities
  2. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP--THE GIVER : Sue Hardy facilitates a book discussion for those who have read The Giver.
  3. FAMILY READING EXPERIENCES BUILD LITERACY: Marilyn Carpenter shares ways to encourage parents and caregivers to include literacy activities, including reading aloud, into their family routines.
  4. FASCINATING FACTS AND CONNECTIONS IN RECENT NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOKS: Nancy Brashear, Gail Boulsough, Kristen Sipper-Denlinger, and Cindy Romero: Three university professors and a librarian will review and critique current non-fiction picture books and introduce strategies for selection and use in the classroom.
  5. USING THE "LANGUAGE" OF PICTURES: Award winning illustrators Eric Rohmann, David Wiesner and Eugene Yelchin discuss how they go about doing art—and perhaps share a few secrets along the way

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