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Children's Literature Symposium Fall 2021
Thursday, December 09, 2021, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: Events

Children's Literature Symposium: Award-winning Children's & Middle Grades Authors Sharing Lessons about Their Books and Writing Itself

December 9, 2021 - Please note that the DATE has changed from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9 due to scheduling challenges. 

2:30 - 4:00 pm CDT / 3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT

This event provides an opportunity for educators to engage in 3 breakout sessions with highly acclaimed children's and middle grades authors. In addition, participants will receive 25 different brief video lessons on writing created by the authors designed to be shared with students. Lastly, a teacher's guide (PDF) that includes a summary of the authors, their videos, and 75 different lesson suggestions will be given to participating educators. Language Arts teachers (k-8) will walk away thrilled with all the lessons on writing they receive, and general enthusiasts of children literature will gain insight into the newest works being published in the field.

Diversity Statement: Dr. Jennifer Zwillenberg is committed to sharing high quality literature with educators and focuses on supporting authors who write own voices stories from various cultural, racial, linguistic, and gender identities as well as promoting anti-racist pedagogy broadly.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children:
“Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera,” written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Neal Porter Books/Holiday House.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh,” written by Candace Fleming, is the 2021 Excellence winner. The book is published by Schwartz and Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House.

Target Audience: Language Arts, K-8 teachers, Lower and Middle School Division Directors, and Librarians looking for high quality resources for teaching writing and educators who are interested in children's literature

Cost: TAIS Member School $50 per person, $75 guests


**Please note**: The Children's Lit Symposium will NOT be recorded, given the interactive nature of the workshop. If you cannot attend live, but wish to receive the materials provided, please register and they will be shared after the event.