Friday, January 24, 2014

Register now for the Fourth Annual JCLL Conference

Register Now for the 4th Annual JCLL Conference

October 10, 2014

Themed Sessions on Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Opening Keynote Speaker Author Barbara O'Connor


Barbara O’Connor is the author of sixteen novels and biographies for children. Drawing on her Carolina roots, Barbara’s novels have a distinctly Southern voice. Her books have received many distinctions, including ALA Notable, NCTE Notables and Parents Choice Gold Awards and have been nominated for young readers’ choice awards in 38 states.

Barbara O’Connor has met with resounding applause from reviewers for her latest novel for children, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. The New York Times Book Review said, “O’Connor has perfect pitch in this comic adventure, which ends with a happy resolution everyone, even the frog, can live with.” School Library Journal’s starred review said, “This tale of summertime adventure will be a hit with readers year round.” Kirkus Reviews also gave the book a star and described it as “a lovely read that perfectly captures the schemes and plans of school-age kids in the long days of summer.” 

Closing Keynote Speaker Author Candace Fleming

 Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of  The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.

Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje

 Break Out Session Presenters

Dr. Mark Hofer is a associate professor of technology at The College of William & Mary. His research is in the areas of teacher knowledge development for effective technology integration and the integration of technology in the social studies.

 His latest co-authored book, And Action! Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom, provides social studies educators with the background knowledge, conceptual understanding, and tools necessary to design and facilitate classroom documentary projects in the K-12 social studies classroom.



Joan Kindig is an associate professor of reading education at James Madison University. She is co-author of the Reading Advantage series, a supplemental reading series for struggling, older readers and has served on numerous ALA committees including the Caldecott and Newbery committees and is currently serving on Teachers' Choice for IRA. Joan is on the editorial board of Capitol Choices, a book selection committee that creates a list of noteworthy books for children from preschool through high school.

In her book, Choosing to Read: Connecting Middle Schoolers to Books, she shares the secrets of how to turn your reading program into one that allows for student choice, entices children with books that are relevant to their lives, and turns kids into real readers. This conversational text has everything you need to jump-start kids reading by harnessing their social life and providing meaningful texts.

Beth Estill is a reading specialist at Malibu Elementary School in Virginia Beach and was named the 2012 Virginia State Reading Association's reading teacher of the year. She is a heavily sought after consultant and adjunct professor for several colleges. Considered by many is the "reading teacher's teacher," Beth is a passionate advocate for excellent reading instruction.



With this amazing program of authors and presenters, this conference is sure to offer a day full of joyful learning, connecting, and collaborating around children's literature!

Click on the registration and housing tab on the top of this website and register for the conference today.

If you have any questions or comments about the conference or information on this website, please contact Denise Johnson.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Register Now for the Third Annual JCLL Conference

Register Now for the 3rd Annual JCLL Conference

October 11, 2013

Themed Sessions on Nonfiction

Opening Keynote Speaker Author/Illustrator Don Brown 

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many
picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his
resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current
pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.”

Don connects history to student’s lives. He introduces them to the struggles of real people, and explores the nature of perseverance and its importance to achievement.

Don connects writing books to school work. He reminds students that writing and research follow the same principles whether they are for a publisher or a school assignment.

Closing Keynote speaker author Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin is the author of several history books for young people. His most recent is Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, which won a 2013 Newbery Honor"Sheinkin weaves together tales of scientific and technological discovery, back-alley espionage, and wartime sabotage in a riveting account of the race to build the first atomic weapon.... A must read" (Publisher's Weekly).

His previous book, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, &
Treachery, won the 2012 YALSA Award for 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. "A brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel... one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find" (Kirkus). Excellence in Nonfiction and the


Breakout Session Speakers

Susan Stockdale is the author and illustrator of children's picture books including Stripes of All Types, Bring On the Birds and Fabulous Fishes. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, the National Science Teachers Association, and Bank Street College of Education.

Stockdale’s engaging rhymes and bright, bold illustrations elicit praise. The Washington Post exclaimed, “If the paintings are the feast, Stockdale’s words are the dessert.” Her distinctive animal imagery is now featured on puzzles, notecards and other products sold worldwide. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland where she is currently working on a picture book about spotted animals. 

Joan Kindig is an associate professor of reading education at James Madison University. She is co-author of the Reading Advantage series, a supplemental reading series for struggling, older readers and has served on numerous ALA committees including the Caldecott and Newbery committees and is currently serving on Teachers' Choice for IRA. Joan is on the editorial board of Capitol Choices, a book selection committee that creates a list of noteworthy books for children from preschool through high school.

In her book, Choosing to Read: Connecting Middle Schoolers to Books, she shares the secrets of how to turn your reading program into one that allows for student choice, entices children with books that are relevant to their lives, and turns kids into real readers. This conversational text has everything you need to jump-start kids reading by harnessing their social life and providing meaningful texts.

Beth Estill is a reading specialist at Malibu Elementary School in Virginia Beach and was named the 2012 Virginia State Reading Association's reading teacher of the year. She is a heavily sought after consultant and adjunct professor for several colleges. Considered by many is the "reading teacher's teacher," Beth is a passionate advocate for excellent reading instruction.




Annyce Maddox is an instructor of education at Liberty University. She will be presenting on the use of children's literature to teach math, science, language arts, and history. She will discuss how a variety of children's books can supplement the SOL and CCSS to teach content material.


Wendy Lucy and Katie Plum

Wendy Lucy is the reading specialist at Matthew Whaley Elementary School in Williamburg. Katie Plum is a third grade teacher, also at Matthew Whaley. They have collaborated on many projects during their years of working together. In this presentation, they will discuss how they collaborated on a nonfiction reading and writing unit.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Register Now for the Second Annual
Joy of Children's Literature and Literacy Conference
The conference will be held Friday, October 12th from 8:00 - 4:00 in the Professional Development Center of the School of Education on the campus of the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Information about the venue is available on the "Venue" tab across the top of this website.

This will be the second annual Joy of Children's Literature conference and this year we have added a literacy strand. We are so proud and honored to have so many outstanding featured children's book authors: Lester Laminack, Afua Cooper, Claudia Mills, Ginjer Clarke, and Fred Bowen.

More information about each author and literacy strand presenters is available on the "Presenters" tab across the top of this website.

With this amazing program of authors, this conference is sure to offer a day full of joyful learning, connecting, and collaborating around children's literature!

Click on the registration and housing tab on the top of this website and register for the conference today.

If you have any questions or comments about the conference or information on this website, please contact Denise Johnson.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual JCL Conference
October 12, 2012

Put the date on your calender now because you do not want to miss the second annual Joy of Children's Literature Conference.

Keynote speaker
Lester Laminack

Readers and Writers as Tourists, Adventurers or Residents:  Which Are We Developing?

Biography:

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus from department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching [the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award]. Lester is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States.

He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served three years as co-editor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices and as editor of the Children’s Book Review Department of the NCTE journal Language Arts (2003-2006). He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column (2000-2002). He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, a former member of the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. He served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place.

His academic publications include several books including Learning with Zachary (Scholastic), Spelling in Use (NCTE), Volunteers Working with Young Readers (NCTE), and his contributions to The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (NCTE), Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature (Heinemann) Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum (Heinemann), Cracking Open the Author’s Craft (Scholastic) and Unwrapping the Read Aloud (Scholastic). In addition he has several articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Early Years, Science and Children, Language Arts, Teaching pre-K/​8, Primary Voices, and Young Children. Lester is also the author of six children’s books: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day! and most recently, Three Hens and a Peacock all from Peachtree Publishers.

Lester was born July 11, 1956 in Flint, Michigan. His mom and dad had left their families in Alabama and moved to Michigan where his dad, Jimmy, worked for GM. But Michigan is long way from Alabama when you have a two year old and a brand new baby. So, just two weeks after Lester was born his parents packed everything and moved back to their hometown, Heflin, Alabama. They wanted Lester and his brother Scott to grow up near grandparents, aunts and uncles and lots of cousins.

When Lester was 6 the family moved again. This time to Zachary, LA where Lester attended part of 1st and all of 2nd grade. Then they moved back to Heflin where he completed 3rd grade and 4th grade. In April of 1966, while he was in the 4th grade, Lester's sister, Amanda, was born. She was so little when they brought her home that he had to hold her on a pillow. Every day when he came home from school he held her and told her stories. Some people think that's why he is a writer. Lester and Amanda have always been very close even though he is 10 years older.

When Scott was in the 7th grade and Lester was in the 5th grade and Amanda was just one year old the family moved again. This time it was to Key West, FL. They lived there under a year before moving back to Alabama.
Lester finished high school back in Heflin and then earned a BS and MS in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL. Then he earned an Ed.D. in Elementary Education and Reading from Auburn University, Auburn AL.

And now Lester lives downtown in Asheville, North Carolina. He starts every day with a cup of coffee, loves to listen to music and NPR. He plays saxophone and a Native American flute made from river cane. He reads a lot of children's books, Southern Fiction, poetry, and books on teaching reading and writing. He loves taking drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the two-lane roads in the countryside.

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