Thursday, October 30, 2008

Second Annual Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature Conference

Save the Date for the Second Annual Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature conference to be held in Columbia, SC on April 24th and 25th, 2009. This exciting, two day conference includes performances and appearances by several Latina authors/illustrators including Maya Christina Gonzalez, Lulu Delacre, Lucia Gonzalez, and Irania Patterson. The keynote address will be delivered by nationally-recognized, Puerto Rican Children's Literature and Multicultural Education scholar Dr. Sonia Nieto. Conference participants will have a choice of over a dozen breakout sessions on topics related to Latino children's literature and literacy.

As part of the theme "Connecting Cultures and Celebrating Cuentos," the conference will host an El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) family and community event on the evening of April 24th at one of the local public libraries. Festivities will include storytelling and intergenerational art exploration.

Registration for the premiere National Latino Children’s Literature Conference is limited and begins January 2009. For additional information, please consult the conference website (http://www.libsci.sc.edu/latinoconf) or contact conference co-chair.

Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo (jcnaidoo@slis.ua.edu); (205)348-1518.

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