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Children's Literature Workshop

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Zig Zag book cover

Robert D. San Souci, author of "Zig Zag," will be one of the keynote presenters at the 32nd annual Children's Literature Workshop, June 20-21.

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The 32nd annual Children’s Literature Workshop is June 20-21, at the Kelly Inn, downtown St. Cloud, and will feature two award-winning keynote presenters.

Scheduled to attend are Robert D. San Souci and Minnesota poet Joyce Sidman.

More than 100 teachers, media specialist and children’s librarians are expected to attend the workshop, sponsored by the Center for Information Media at St. Cloud State University. Professors Sandra Q. Williams and Chris Inkster are the workshop facilitators.

Registration is closed.

San Souci is known for his adaptations of folk tales from around the world, and many of his books have an emphasis on strong female protagonists. He won Caldecott Honor Awards for “The Talking Eggs” and “The Faithful Friend” (both illustrated by Brian Pinkney).

San Souci will share insights into the art of story creation, using examples of his own work including “Fa Mulan,” the basis for Disney’s film “Mulan,” for which he also wrote the screen adaptation. 

Sidman won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award for “Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night.” Her book “Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Color” won the 2010 Caldecott Honor Award and Minnesota Book Award. “Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems” won the 2006 Caldecott Honor award. Sidman has been a writer-in-residence at Minnesota schools teaching poetry.

Susan Carr Brown from the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis will present the best of recent children and young adult literature. The WonderWeavers will provide entertainment with puppets, props and magic as well as tips for telling your own stories. Other sessions will include: Laurie Conzemius, “Reading + Technology = Motivated Readers”; Sara Martini, “Igniting a Passion for Reading Using the Maud Hart Lovelace Program”; Marcia Thompson, “Award Winning Books of 2010 – 2011”; and Dianne Gasch, “Make and Take Puppets.”

The workshop began in 1980 and has attracted teachers and media specialists by highlighting new books, current children’s literature topics and national and regional children’s authors and illustrators.

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