Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Connecting with Nonfiction Webinar

Connecting with Nonfiction: Techniques and Title Tips for Young Readers and Teens

Thursday, October 1, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

We've all been hearing it-want boys to read? Give them nonfiction. Looking for success with reluctant readers? Try nonfiction. Looking for enrichment for gifted students? Nonfiction is a good bet. What are some ideas to help you incorporate nonfiction into your work with students and teachers? You'll get the answers you need on how to make these connections with your teachers and students in the Connecting with Nonfiction webcast.

Are you being asked to find nonfiction for students to "read" and not just use for a report? Are you prepared to talk to your young library patrons, students and their teachers about nonfiction? You can use some of the same techniques that you currently employ to talk about fiction and apply them when talking about nonfiction. Are you aware of new and popular nonfiction titles, including the latest biographies, informational books, and poetry? Is your library collection keeping up with the demand for nonfiction? We'll be giving you the scoop on some of this year's hottest nonfiction titles. Titles you will be sure to want to have on hand.

Join our panel of experienced professionals for a look at the latest trends in children's and teen nonfiction publishing and a discussion of best practices that can boost your confidence in this expanding area of patron and student interest. The webcast will also include a discussion of distinguished titles in several areas of nonfiction that every librarian will want to know about and have on hand.

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Kathleen Isaacs is a long-time middle school teacher and occasional librarian. She has chaired the 2005 Sibert Award Committee which annually recognizes authors and illustrators of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year, as well as chairing USBBY Outstanding International Books for 2006 and 2007. Isaacs has previously served on Newbery, Notable Children's Books, and Best Books for Young Adult award committees. She has taught children's literature to aspiring elementary educators and reviews regularly for professional journals.

Julie Corsaro is a writer, reviewer, and a children's literature consultant, as well as a NoveList juvenile materials specialist, and the editor of NoveList School News. She is also vice-president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children. A former school and public librarian, Julie has served on numerous books award committees, including the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert.

Beth Gerall is the Juvenile Content Lead at NoveList. She is currently serving on the 2010 ALA Notable Children's Books Committee. As a school librarian, she worked with children from preschool through high school. She has also served on the 2008 United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Outstanding International Books Committee.

MODERATOR: Dodie Ownes, Editor, SLJTeen

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