This year marked the tenth annual celebration, which brings together award-winning authors whose literature spans the globe, with dedicated educators, librarians, students and children’s literature enthusiasts who gain insight into new cultures and histories from around the world. In the full-day workshop each author will present on their writing and discuss the stories that they have written and highlight cultural nuances and universal themes.
To highlight the 10th year milestone we welcomed past and present participants to share the impact of this celebration in their classrooms, libraries, and in their lives. How? Send us your photos, lesson plans, book reviews, articles or any other examples of how you internationalized reading in your world! We will post these online and in a poster session at the event.
The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) sponsors this annual event in observance of International Education Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
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Kathleen T. Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the UW-Madison. Katy was the president of the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association in 2007, as well as president of the United States Board on Books for Young People in 2003. She has chaired or served on a variety of children's book award committees, including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, the John Newbery, USBBY's Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, the ALA/ALSC's Notable Children's Books, and the NCTE Lee Bennett Hopkins Award committees, and she was selected to deliver the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. For more information about CCBC: education.wisc.edu/ccbc/
Ed Spicer a First Grade teacher, and literature reviewer in Allegan, MI interviewed Kathleen, here is their conversation in two parts: youtube.com/watch?v=YtWAry23k2o & youtube.com/watch?v=C65O5SRLJU0
Anne Pellowski, author, storyteller, and consultant feels at home in varied cultures everywhere and with people of all ages and interests. In her work as children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, Anne developed her expertise in storytelling and her research interests in storytelling and folklore. In 1966, she founded the Information Center on Children’s Cultures supported by the U.S. Committee for UNICEF and served as director until 1982. Anne’s books cover the whole spectrum of storytelling, from techniques and presentation ideas to history and research. She has taught at major universities and other educational settings where she shares her excitement and enriches our world with collections of stories from other cultures. For more about Anne, go to: www.usbby.org/res/AnnePellowski.pdf.
Atinuke was born in Ibadan, in south-west Nigeria. When she was five her father got a "good job" in the capital city of Lagos. A city of polo clubs and swimming pools and slums. She went to live behind the high walls of a mansion in a quiet part of the city, and left her extended family behind. This is where her love affair with books and stories began, locked behind the great iron gates of the lonely house. At 10 years old, after a campaign of cajoling, her parents agreed to send her to boarding school in England. She lives in Wales with her husband and two sons. Read more about Atinuke and her books at: www.walker.co.uk/contributors/Atinuke-5024.aspx.
Ed Spicer a First Grade teacher, and literature reviewer in Allegan, MI interviewed Atinuke in Madison after the event, see the interview here: youtube.com/watch?v=b8NXmyZ20DE
Mitali Perkins was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to her name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. By the time she was 11, she'd lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Her biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were her rock, her stability, her safe place as she navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of her traditional home. Secret Keeper (Random House) is a novel for teens set in 1970s India that's an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society and made the ALA's Amelia Bloomer list of great titles that empower girls. Visit Mitali’s website at: www.mitaliperkins.com/.
Ed Spicer a First Grade teacher, and literature reviewer in Allegan, MI interviewed Mitali in Madison after the event, see the interview here: youtube.com/watch?v=D9Mkx5lPy9A
CCBC Director Emerita Ginny Moore Kruse will briefly summarize the conference and discuss ways to locate international literature for classrooms, libraries and personal reading: annual book awards; the newsletter of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY); Bookbird, the journal of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY); and the magazine "World Literature Today." Everyone will be invited to contribute their experiences with one or more of these opportunities, as well as to add suggestions.