Confucius Institute


Children's Picture Books from China (Event Cancelled Due to Weather)

More than 80 of the best children's books published in China will be on display at a conference April 12-13 in Atwood Memorial Center.

Chinese children’s book author, Yin Jianling, will deliver a keynote presentation.

  • Conference is limited to 100 participants
  • No conference fee, but registration is required
  • Continuing education units are available

Presentations and discussions at the conference will focus on children’s books that include children with disabilities. A comparative presentation about Chinese and U.S. publishing companies will highlight the gap this conference seeks to address.

Explore opportunities for local Chinese immersion teachers to publish books that are inclusive of children with disabilities through a collaborative project with publishing companies. 

April 12

Time Details
3:30-5:30 p.m. Open exhibit with tea and cookies. Book signing by Yin Jianling.
5:30-7 p.m. Keynote presentation by Yin Jianling with an introduction by Kathy Johnson and welcome by President Robbyn Wacker.
7:30-9 p.m. Reception, dinner and dialogue in St. Cloud.

April 13

Time Details
8-8:30 a.m. Check-in and registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome address by Kathy Johnson, Confucius Institute director.
8:45-9 a.m. Presentation: The "Benefits of Inclusion of Children with Disabilities" by Fran Umerski, professor emeritus, Child and Family Studies, St. Cloud State.
10-11 a.m. Presentation: "Tell Me About Your Greatness: Using Children’s Books to Celebrate All Abilities as a Tool for Learning and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms" by Sarah How, a Fargo school psychologist, and children's book author.
11-11:15 a.m. Tea break
11:15-11:45 a.m. Presentation: "A Vision for Inclusive Children’s Books: The Joan Blaska Collection at SCSU" by Joan Blaska, professor emeritus, Child and Family Studies, St. Cloud State.
11:45-noon Transition to lunch
Noon--1 p.m. Networking Lunch
1-2 p.m. Presentation: "Contemporary Chinese children’s literature and its portrayal of disabilities" by Minjie Chen, metadata librarian, Non-Roman Collections, Princeton University Library.  
2-2:30 p.m. Presentation: "Current Publications in English of Children’s Books that are Inclusive of Children with Disabilities" by Matt Keller, chief marketing officer, Capstone Publishers.
2:30-2:45 p.m. Kathy Johnson's remarks about increasing high-quality children’s books in China that are inclusive of children with disabilities. 
2:45-3:45 p.m. Break-out sessions on ideas for inclusive children’s book for Chinese immersion programs.
3:45-4:30 p.m. Report back ideas for moving forward.