Explore Children’s Fairyland at the 2014 ALSC National Institute

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/31/2014


Dan Bostrom

Marketing Manager, Membership

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)



CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced more information about the evening at Children’s Fairyland at the 2014 ALSC National Institute. This event, to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, will feature a panel presentation by Daniel Handler, Mac Barnett and Jennifer Holm.

Daniel Handler is the author of the novels "The Basic Eight," "Watch Your Mouth," "Adverbs" and, most recently, "Why We Broke Up." Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children, including "Extra Yarn," which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books.

Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels "Our Only May Amelia," "Penny from Heaven" and "Turtle in Paradise."

The visit to Children’s Fairyland will also include breakout sessions throughout the park on topics such as movement, inclusion, gender identity and drama; and a reception (with puppet show), during which attendees can explore Oakland's historic storybook theme park. Children's Fairyland is generally only open to adults who are accompanying children; but will be open just for Institute attendees on this very special afternoon.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, Steve Sheinkin will open the 2014 ALSC National Institute. Other confirmed special events include a Breakfast for Bill program with Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia and Gene Luen Yang, facilitated by Jamie Campbell Naidoo. Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the Closing General Session.

The Children’s Fairyland event is free for all individuals registered for the 2014 ALSC National Institute. All special events are included in the cost of registration. Also included are three meals: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, and Saturday breakfast.

“We are confident that 2014 ALSC National Institute attendees will love the program at Children’s Fairyland,” said 2014 ALSC National Institute Planning Task Force Chair Nina Lindsay. "With an inspired setting, great presenters, and plenty of ideas to share, it will surely be an unforgettable part of the Institute experience.”

For more information and registration details for the 2014 ALSC National Institute please visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/institute.

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website: www.ala.org/alsc.