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A Morning with Illustrator Lynne Avril

Saturday, February 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m


•Hear the story behind Lynne’s new books
•Have fun in a painting workshop
•Explore books and listen to read-alouds
•Refreshments provided
•Have your book(s) autographed

The UA Bookstores will have Lynne’s books for sale

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. Second Street

Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage
**The new streetcar stops in front of the College**


Contested Realities:
Literature as a Lens of Possibility

Worlds of Words Mini-Conference
Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street

We are excited to announce a children’s literature mini-conference to explore how authors and illustrators use words and visual images to challenge readers’ views of the world. This conference is free to the public. Professional development credit is available. RSVP:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

4:00-4:15 – Registration
4:15-5:15 -  Concurrent Keynotes
5:15-5:45 – Snacks and Texts Sets on Adaptation
5:45-6:45 – Concurrent Keynotes
6:45-7:30 – Text Sets, Autographing, Conversation and Food
Jon Agee: A Man Jumps into a Hat (and other incredible occurrences in picture books)
Eugene Yelchin: Comrade Stalin: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Write Fiction Instead

jon_portrait2 02ItIs20Stnaley1502Terrific20Agee15 Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many picture books, including Terrific, Milo’s Hat Trick, The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, and his new book, It’s Only Stanley. His stories — of mysterious painters, hard luck magicians, guffawing grumps, and forgotten astronauts — have been called quirky, absurdist, and humorous. His sophisticated wit challenges readers to take a second look at what is consider “normal” in everyday life. Jon will talk about how his stories evolve from doodles on paper, how he balances absurdity with logic and the nuts and bolts of how a picture book works.

Yelchin photoEugene Yelchin is a Russian-born author and illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels, including Breaking Stalin’s Nose, which received the Newbery Honor. He also illustrates picture books for authors, such as Won Ton, a Cat Tale Told in Haiku and The Rooster Prince of Breslow. Eugene will talk about his personal experiences of growing up in the USSR and how that informed Breaking Stalin’s Nose and Arcady’s Goal. These novels take readers on a journey of transformation through events that challenge a character’s view of the world.

The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles.  You can access the report at Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers  article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at .

Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,

• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators

If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.

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