Conference on Children's Literature and Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series

The 31st Annual Conference on Children’s Literature
and 16th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series

children holding books Theme: CELEBRATING THE ART OF THE PICTURE BOOK

Saturday, April 28, 2018 • 9AM to 4:30PM (conference sign-in will begin at 8:30AM) at the Main Library, Auditorium, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Conference and workshops are free. The morning session, from 9AM to Noon, requires registration by April 20th. Registration can be completed online, by phone 954-357-7336 or email

School media specialists and librarians, teacher, parents and their families are invited to celebrate picture books as a visual art form. The event will include keynote speakers, interactive workshops, STEAM demonstrations, Early Literacy in our Active Learning Center and Resources from local organizations. 

Conference Speakers

Javaka Steptoe
javaka steptoe book cover for radiant childJavaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his picture book biography Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown). His debut picture book, In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (Lee & Low Books), earned him a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, in addition to a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards. Steptoe has illustrated and/or written more than a dozen books for young readers, collaborating with some of the top names in the business including Walter Dean Myers, Nikki Grimes and Karen English.

Megan Dowd Lambert 

megan dowd lambertMegan Dowd Lambert, Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College, is the author of Reading Picture Books with Children (Charlesbridge 2015), which introduces the Whole Book Approach to Storytime that she developed in association with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Megan is also a children’s book author, and she won a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello (Charlesbridge 2015). book cover for reading picture books to childrenHer book, Real Sisters Pretend, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell (Tilbury House 2016) was named a 2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and in 2019 Charlesbridge will publish A Kid of Their Own, illustrated by Jessica Lanan, as well as the first in a new early reader series about best friends, Jane and June. Megan reviews and writes for Kirkus and The Horn Book and is a consultant with Embrace Race: A Community about Race and Kids and the MERGE for Equality Children’s Book Campaign. The mother of seven children, from newborn to age 21, Megan served on the 2009 Geisel, 2011 Caldecott, and 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees, and she lives with her family in Massachusetts.


Free parking is available for conference attendees at GovGarage, located at 151 SW 2 Street (please ask for details at the event). Additional parking is in the City Park garage (east side of the library) for $1.25/hour (park on levels 2 or 3). 


The joint Conference on Children’s Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Lauderdale Libraries, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward Public Library Foundation. Funding provided by Broward County Public Schools through the Discovering Your Way Grant. The book vendor for the conference is Books & Books.

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