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IBBY Conference ~ October 21-23, 2011

Peace the World Together with Children's Books

Peace Sign

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) will hold its 9th IBBY Regional Conference, co-sponsored by the Arne Nixon Center, on the California State University, Fresno campus, October 21-23, 2011. The conference theme is "Peace the World Together with Children's Books." USBBY is expecting 250 participants--professors, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, collectors, and fans from many countries--to attend.

This three-day conference is a rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned authors and illustrators, including Jehan Helou (Tamar Institute and IBBY Executive Committee member), Grace Lin (Chinese-American author/illustrator), Roger Mello (Brazilian illustrator), David Diaz (American illustrator), Beverly Naidoo (South African-British author and Briley Dinner speaker), author Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrator Peter Sis (collaborators on the book, The Dreamer), Adwoa Badoe (author and storyteller from Ghana), and Cuban-American author, Margarita Engle!

On Friday evening, participants will have an opportunity to experience dramatic presentations from works by international children's authors. Also, local California authors and illlustrators will be available to show and discuss their work in tabletop presentations.

The conference will also include an exciting variety of break-out sessions on international children's literature with an emphasis on peace, book discussion groups, and exhibitions, including the IBBY Honour Books collection, the IBBY Books for Children with Disabilities collection, USBBY Outstanding International Booklist 2011, and a special collection from the International Youth Library in Munich. In addition, there will be a showing of the Leonard Weisgaard and Alice in Wonderland collections from the Arne Nixon Center as well as Peace Story Illustrations and Children's Peace Posters from the NAMBOOK Festival on Nami Island, Korea. Post-conference tours will be provided to the beautiful Shinzen Japanese Garden in Fresno and to the spectacular Yosemite National Park.

You won't want to miss this exceptional conference. More details, including the conference schedule, online registration form, and speakers and special guests, can be found on the USBBY conference website.

(from USBBY Newsletter v.XXXV no.2)