Getting Together | March 2013
Tickets for the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo are now available. The lecture, entitled “War Boy to War Horse,” and hosted by Nazareth College and the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA) will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Linehan Chapel in the Golisano Academic Center of Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. The honor lectureship will be tied to several other significant events for librarians and readers of children’s and young adult literature during Children’s Book Week and will kick off the 38th annual NYLA Youth Services Section’s Spring Conference on Friday, May 17, 2013. Required tickets are free for the lecture and must be obtained through the Youth Services Section of NYLA. To learn more about acquiring tickets, please visit the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture website.
Born in England, Michael Morpurgo was teaching when he discovered the magic of storytelling and began writing. His books are noted for their imagination, power and grace. In 1976, he and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children. He is an officer of the Order of the British Empire and served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate. His novel, “War Horse,” has wowed theater audiences in London and New York and movie audiences all over.
Conference on Family Literacy
The 22nd National Conference on Family Literacy is being held April 28-30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. This event for educators, administrators, and literacy advocates, offers professional development sessions and presentations that will inform and inspire. This year's speakers include: James Patterson, best-selling author and founder of ReadKiddoRead.com; Eepy Bird, the dynamic duo behind the “Mentos and Diet Coke” viral videos; Susan Pimentel, lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy; C.C. Chapman, author, speaker, and motivator; and others. For registration information, visit the National Center for Family Literacy website.
Registration Open for the ALSC Preconference - Hurry, space is limited!
A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal will be held Friday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., prior to the opening of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. This engaging event will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago and highlight Caldecott-winning illustrators, editors, and art directors sharing aspects of the creative process.
- A reception and book signing on Thursday evening, where you'll have an opportunity to visit the Art Institute's exhibition of original art from Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-13, and get books signed by Caldecott Medal artists. (Books will be available for sale on site.)
- A keynote presentation by Brian Selznick, 2008 Medalist (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) and 2002 Honoree (The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins).
- Sneak peeks into the process of creating an award-winning picture book, from "Matching Words and Pictures" featuring Erin and Phillip Stead and Neal Porter; to "Choosing a Medium and a Style" featuring Chris Raschka and Lee Wade; to "Preparing Art for Production" featuring Jerry Pinkney and Patti Ann Harris.
- Interactive book discussions, organized so that you will read one Caldecott winner from each decade, assigned in advance; challenge yourself to read ones you might not have been inclined to otherwise.
- An Honor Book luncheon panel, moderated by Leonard Marcus and featuring Melissa Sweet, Pamela Zagarensky, Peter Brown, and Kadir Nelson.
- Your choice of one of twelve fascinating breakout session topics, several to be presented by Art Institute staff in order to offer you the best art expertise available. Sessions include: "Art and Stories," "The Caldecott Medal and Social Issues," "Caldecott Medal Artists at the Art Institute: A Closer Look," "Caldecott Books for Older Readers," "How Did They Do That?" "Look to Learn; Learn to Look," "Multi-Layered Meanings," "Randolph Caldecott and Caldecott Medal History," "Serving on the Caldecott Committee," "Style and Media," "Watching Dry Paint!," and "Weston Woods and the Caldecott Winners."
- A closing session on possible future directions in children's book art by Paul O. Zelinsky, three-time Caldecott Honoree and 1998 Medalist (Rapunzel).
Preconference registration is available online or by calling 866-513-0760. Space is limited. The preconference is taking place as part of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference; separate registration is required but attendees do not have to be registered for Annual Conference to attend the preconference.