Festival Schedule

Pinkney Grasshopper art

Artwork from The Grasshopper and the Ant - by Jerry Pinkney

Festival Schedule 

FRIDAY, February 26
8:00 - 8:45    Registration (Book Market Open for Purchases)
8:45 - 9:15    Opening General Session including Featured Speaker Introductions in Orton
9:15 - 9:30    Zora Charles, U of R 1970: Celebrating Book Festival Artists
9:30 - 10:30  Keynote Address by Linda Sue Park

10:45-11:45 Choice of Breakout Sessions

  1. Women of the Revolution: Explore with author Susan Casey the women of the American Revolution—who they 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Importance of Asian-American Children’s Literature: Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan shares findings from her research on Asian-American children's literature which was published in THE ALAN REVIEW and THE CALIFORNIA READER. She will also share trends, book talks, and classroom tips/resources.
  4. Storytime Singalong with Emily Arrow - music in the classroom!: Emily Dale (Emily Arrow) returns by popular demand with her guitar and ukulele in hand, this time with techniques you can use in your classroom.
  5. The Art of Reading Aloud: Dr. Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota how to select great books for reading aloud and how to read aloud.
  6. Mentone Elementary School Students Meets Kevin Henkes -- 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. DREAMS, SCHEMES AND A DOG IN JEANS: Celebrating 20 Years of Children’s Book Festival Artists in Peppers Gallery  

12:00 -12:30   Luncheon
12:30 - 1:30    Speaker Debra Frasier: Cut Paper Illustration with All Ages!
1:30                Huck Award

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 will book talk all of the 2014 and 2015 titles.
  2. 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. 
  3. Exercise Your Writing Muscles! Come play with words the way authors do and infuse classroom writing with more joy. Author Alexis O’Neill will help your creative juices flow and your writing muscles grow. 
  4. SQUiNK!: Dr. Elizabeth Ferry-Perata and Dr. Kimberly 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. DREAMS, SCHEMES AND A DOG IN JEANS: Celebrating 20 Years of Children’s Book Festival Artists in Peppers Gallery.

3:00-4:15 General Session followed by speaker Mike Graf: Realistic Fiction and the National Parks 
4:30-5:45 Book Signing Reception Outside Orton weather permitting
6:00-7:00 Dinner in Orton Dining Room
7:00-8:00 Speaker: Jerry Pinkney:  Art as a Manuscript 

SATURDAY, February 27 
8:00 – 8:45 Registration
Book Market Open for purchases
Book Signing
8:45-9:00 Opening General Session
9:00-10:15 Speaker Janet Wong:  Poetry for the 21st century: diverse topics, forms, and formats 

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. Wordless Literacy: Amy Rogers explores wordless picture books and their impact on student's literacy learning.
  3. Using Picture Books as Mentor and Anchor Texts: Be ready to engage with Dr. Amber Bechard to explore lessons for an effectively differentiated classroom! Participants engage in hands-on lessons in a workshop setting that leads to developing a standards based picture book based lesson of their own.
  4. 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.
  5. Writing Workshop: Author Mike Graf shares ways to guide students to write the beginning middle and end of a story, encompassing techniques such as foreshadowing, character development, setting descriptions, building suspense and editing.  
  6. Jerry Pinkney Meets McKinley Students: Dawn Deponte and Stephanie McNairy will bring Mrs. Deponte’s first grade class to campus to meet Jerry Pinkney and share the work they have created based on his work.
  7. DREAMS, SCHEMES AND A DOG IN JEANS: Celebrating 20 Years of Children’s Book Festival Artists in Peppers Gallery 

11:45- 12:45 Choice of Small Group Sessions

  1. Cut Paper Illustration: This session provides a hands on experience with Debra Frasier's techniques that can be used in classrooms and libraries. Inspire your students and surprise yourself with this nationally tested method for making illustrations with children and adults!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  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. 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.  
  6. DREAMS, SCHEMES AND A DOG IN JEANS: Celebrating 20 Years of Children’s Book Festival Artists in Peppers Gallery 

1:00-1:45 Luncheon, Opportunity Drawing in Orton Center
1:45-2:45 Closing speaker Kevin Henkes

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