The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will host its second annual Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference November 9-10.
The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference is a symposium for educators, including public librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents, and college students enrolled in fields related to education.
Held at Northland College, the conference will feature children’s book author Emma Bland Smith, winner of the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for children’s literature for her book, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West.
The conference strives to connect children and young adults to the natural world—and to provide educators with the tools to make it happen.
Presentations and session topics will explore ways for educators to integrate environmental ideas through reading and language arts, said Alan Brew, SOEI executive director.
“Educators are ideally situated to get kids fired up about the outdoors,” Brew said. “And we as an institution with an environmental mission are ideally suited to host this conference.”
Conference activities focus on practical ways for educators to integrate environmental ideas through reading and language arts. Activities will also help educators meet state common core standards.