Workshop focused on children’s literature attracts notables to mark silver anniversary

Monday, October 11, 2004

ReadingA burst of enthusiasm about the upcoming school year is the result, say those who attend, of the Children’s Literature Workshop hosted every summer by the SCSU Center for Information Media. For a quarter century, the workshop has attracted 150-200 classroom teachers, library media specialists and children’s librarians from a four-state area who learn from nationally known authors and illustrators as well as SCSU professionals with expertise in children’s books.

The 25th anniversary workshop on June 14-15 included keynote presentations by two people who are well-known in the world of children’s books.

Brian Selznick illustrated the 2002 Caldecott Honor Book, “The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.” He has won considerable national acclaim for “The Houdini Box” and “Boy of a Thousand Faces,” which he wrote and illustrated, and for his illustrations for books such as “When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson,” “The Doll People,” and “Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride.”

Minnesota author Marsha Qualey has won two Minnesota Book Awards and was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Award for her book, “Thin Ice.” Qualey’s other young adult novels include “One Night” and “Close to a Killer.”

In addition to keynote addresses, the annual workshops feature small-group presentations, sessions on the best new children’s books, and storytelling.

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