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

The 30th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature and 15th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series

Friday, March 17, 2017 • 9AM to 4:30PM (conference sign-in will begin at 8:30AM)
Main Library, Auditorium, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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

Participants must pre-register for this free Conference by March 14, 2017. 
Registration Form​

For more information, call 954-357-7336
Theme: One Children’s Book, Many Ways: Exploring Educational Options and Approaches within a Single Title

About the Conference on Children’s Literature
Broward County Library’s Conference on Children’s Literature will be held Friday, March 17th, 2017, in conjunction with the Ashley Bryan Art Series. The conference is a free, day-long professional development opportunity where librarians, teachers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and parents gather to receive training and gain exposure to current trends in literature for youth. Participants will learn from our distinguished author and illustrator, as well as knowledgeable local educators, all that you can do to make a book come alive for a variety of populations and educational missions!
About the Ashley Bryan Art Series
The Ashley Bryan Art Series celebrates the art of African-American illustrators. In collaboration with Broward County Schools, the series includes a “Student Conference” day (closed to the public) dedicated to fostering a love of reading and learning in young people, featuring a Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator. The Ashley Bryan Art Series also includes a Conference on Children’s Literature component of which the featured award-winning illustrator will not only speak at the conference, but will dedicate one of his works of art to be included in the Ashley Bryan Art Collection: an artwork collection of illustrators of African descent, which can be viewed at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. 

Conference Speakers
Laura Vaccaro SeegerLaura Vaccaro Seeger
Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and a 2-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, and a 2-time winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. She is also the recipient of both the Massachusetts Reading Association and the New York Empire State awards for “Body of Work and Contribution to Children’s Literature”.  Laura is the author/illustrator of several highly praised concept books to include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear series.  

Brian Pinkney Brian Pinkney 

Brian Pinkney is a two time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, four time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.  Brian is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington

Presenters’ books will be available for purchase and autographing. Books & Books will be the book vendor for the Conference.


Workshops will run concurrently during two afternoon sessions presenting how to work with a book to teach in many ways.​  

Workshop choices:
    • Teaching School Readiness with a Book
    • Teaching English Language Learners with a Book
    • Teaching Parent Engagement with a Book
    • Teaching Art Exploration with a Book
    • Teaching Autism Spectrum Populations with a Book
    • Teaching Interactive Storytimes with a Book
Register today!

​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.