Annual Conference on Children's Literature and Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series
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The 28th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature and
13th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series

Friday, April 24, 2015  ~  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Theme: Turning the Pages of Diversity

The joint Conference on Children’s Literature and Ashley Bryan Art Series offers a learning opportunity to those who encourage children and teens through books. This year, conference attendees will learn how to develop programs that support diversity; promote acceptance through books; and identify authors and illustrators that encourage inclusiveness through their writing. Promoting an appreciation for diversity is imperative for those who work with children and teens.
All Different Now book jacketThe 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.
Participants must pre-register for this free Conference by April 23, 2015.
Parking is available in the adjacent City Park garage (east side of the library) for $1.25 per hour. Park on levels 2 or 3. Presenters’ books and CDs will be available for purchase and autographing. Books & Books will be the book vendor for the Conference.
Broward County Main Library 
First floor auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
For more information, contact 954-357-7317.

Conference Speakers

Nikki GrimesNikki Grimes - poet and award-winning author
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children's and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.
E.B. LewisE.B. Lewis – award-winning "artistrator” (illustrator)
Earl Bradley (E.B.) Lewis has illustrated sixty-five books for children, including Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle’s Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel’s My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts. He studied graphic design, illustration, and art education at Temple University. After graduation, Lewis taught art in public schools for 12 years, while continuing to work on his own paintings. E.B. Lewis's interests in fine arts, illustration, and art education led him to coin the term "artistrator" to describe his work. 
Lucia GonzalezLucia Gonzalez – award-winning bilingual author, storyteller
Lucia M. Gonzalez has worked in different capacities for the Miami Dade Public Library and Broward County Public Library Systems in South Florida. Gonzalez is currently Library Director of the City of North Miami Public Library, and independent municipal library. She is the author of three award-winning bilingual books, The Bossy Gallito, winner of the 1996 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal and part of New York Public Library’s 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know, Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, an Americas Award Commended Title, and The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for narrative, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Honor Book, and the Américas Award, Honor. Lucia is also Past-President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and National Co-Chair of REFORMA’s Children and Young Adult Services Committee. 
Dr. Cora P. DunkleyDr. Cora P. Dunkley - Associate Professor at the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science
Dr. Dunkley has been a faculty member at University of South Florida Library and Information Science since 2002, where she teaches school media and youth services courses. Her research interests include multicultural literature for children and young adults. Other research topics include the impact of the school librarian and school library on the academic success of students and diversity at all levels of librarianship. Dr. Dunkley is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) where she is affiliated with the Black Caucus (BCALA), the American Association of School Librarians, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Ethic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable. Dr. Dunkley has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences - as far away as Oxford, England and Pretoria, South Africa, and as close to home as she is now. A former school librarian, Dr. Dunkley was the 2012-2013 President of the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), a state organization that advocates for every student in Florida to have open access to a school library, administered by a professional librarian and that is open all day, each school day. 
Dr. Jamie Campbell NaidooDr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo - Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies
He has over 10 years’ experience working in both public and school libraries in Alabama. Jamie teaches and researches in the areas of library services to culturally diverse populations and representations of diversity in children’s materials. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books related to cultural diversity and children’s librarianship. Two of his recent books include Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content (Libraries Unlimited, 2012) and Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children’s Library (Libraries Unlimited, June 2014). Currently, he is working on a children’s book with biracial gay dads and a companion to Rainbow Family Collections entitled A World of Rainbow Families: More Children’s Books and Media with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content from Around the Globe.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

The Exploration of Multicultural Literature: Promoting Cultural Understanding, Respect, and Appreciation presented by Dr. Cora P. Dunkley, Associate Professor, University of South Florida, School of Library and Information Studies.
This session will focus on the topic of Cultural Diversity and the many elements of which it is comprised. The presentation will highlight the importance of selection, evaluation and utilization of quality print, non-print and artistic visuals, along with suggestions for motivational use with an age-intended audience.
Promoting Cultural Competence in Library Programming with Children’s Literature and Digital Media presented by Dr. Jamie Naidoo, Associate Professor, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies.

Do you use digital media in your library programming? Do you include children's books about diverse cultures in your storytimes? Ever thought of creating a digital storytime to celebrate cultural diversity? This breakout session highlights the potential for using digital apps and digital storybooks to create digital library programs that promote cultural competence. Guidelines for evaluating cultural diversity in apps as well as suggestions for pairings with multicultural books in digital storytimes will be offered.

Registration Form 

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