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Opening General Session with Peter Brown
Enjoy dinner with colleagues as ALSC President Carolyn Brodie (2012-2013) welcomes participants to Indianapolis and introduces the evening’s keynote speaker, Peter Brown. As the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books such as Children Make Terrible Pets, The Curious Garden, Chowder, and Flight of the Dodo, Peter will talk about his work and what it’s like to make children’s books while maintaining a sense of humor.
Breakfast for Bill: Caldecott Celebration
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with Friday morning’s Breakfast for Bill. This panel discussion will feature past Caldecott Award winners and honorees Denise Fleming, Kevin Henkes and Eric Rohmann, as well as the director of the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books, Ben Sapp. The breakfast will honor the memory of William C. Morris, former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books by bringing librarians together with children’s book creators. Morris was a long time ALSC member and friend, recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.
Author Luncheon with Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen has been an influential force in children’s and young adult literature for almost three decades as the author of more than 175 books, three of which have been Newbery honor books: Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. First given a book by a librarian, Gary has never stopped reading or believing in the power of young people. As a master storyteller, he taps into the human spirit through his work and encourages readers to observe and care about the world around them. Participants will come away from this special luncheon feeling inspired and excited about the possibilities of literature.
Friday evening is a great time to network with colleagues at a reception being hosted by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science (IUPUI SLIS). Busses will take participants from the hotel to the school for wine and cheese.
Closing General Session: Exploring Nonfiction through Authors and Illustrators
Learn about nonfiction books for children from the creators themselves. In a panel discussion, moderated by librarian Marra Carson Honeywell, authors/illustrators Bryan Collier, Doreen Rappaport and April Pulley Sayre will talk about the inspiration behind their ideas, the research that went into writing and illustrating, and the importance of nonfiction books for children today.