Planting the Seeds of Literature

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, this conference will include keynote presentations, breakout sessions, networking time, book signing, vendors, Thursday evening reception, and Friday lunch.

Register Today: $95

About the Conference

Featuring authors, illustrators, and educators, the conference will focus on literature and the natural world. Highlights include:

  • key note presentations by author Emma Bland Smith, winner of the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for children’s literature, and by Merri V. Lindgren and Megan Schliesman, librarians at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC);
  • five breakout sessions that will focus on practical ways for educators to integrate environmental ideas through reading, language arts, and outdoor activities;
  • hundreds of new books on display by the CCBC for review and examination;
  • new ideas for how to use quality literature to increase young people’s ability to ask questions about the world around them, speculate, hypothesize, seek information, and develop questions;
  • strategies for meeting state common core standards for environmental education and English language arts; optional wolf howl excursion on Thursday evening;
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Keynote Speakers & Breakout Session Presenters

Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 3

Alvord Theatre

  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Informal reception with presenters
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. CCBC presentation: “Best books of the year for children in K-5”
    • The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature.
  • 8:00-11:00 p.m. Wolf howl with Adrian Wydeven, Timber Wolf Alliance Advisory Council chair and retired DNR biologist  (optional)
Friday, November 4 (Registration Required)

Alvord Theatre

  • 8:15-8:45 a.m. Registration
  • 8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome and awards presentations
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Breakout session
    • CCBC Presentation—Best Books of the Year for Grades 6-12
      This hands on session provides librarians and teachers with opportunities to see and hear about some of the best new books of the year. Books will cover a wide variety of topics, all with selecting and integrating them into classroom or library in mind.
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. Break, vendors, book-signing
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.Breakout sessions
    • CCBC Presentation—Making the Most of the CCBC as a Resource: A Session for Educators
      Whether you work in a school or public library, the CCBC has a wealth of online resources and services to assist you on a wide range of themes and topics, including those specifically aligned with the Common Core Standards, book challenges, and author webcasts.  Here’s your opportunity to find out more from the experts.
    • Margi Preus—Write Outside!
      Young writers are often encouraged to “use the five senses.” What better place to see/hear/smell/touch/taste than in the out of doors and what better place to be inspired to explore, research and write? We’ll look at some topnotch books that encourage us to get outside—whether tracking animals, looking for weather signs, or hunting for trolls—to do our own exploring and researching—while also inspiring us to write our own stories, plays, poems, or sketches.
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Emma Bland Smith and Robin James
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. Break, vendors, book-signing
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions
    • Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen Shragg—Using Children’s Nature Literature
      Many hard-to-teach nature concepts are dealt with in children’s literature. Books can also keep the magic of nature and science alive, and encourage a child’s interests. As professional naturalists and authors, we’ll examine our recommended nature books, some of our favorite activities, and other ways to use children’s literature in events and programs.
    • Emma Bland Smith
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m. Closing and raffle

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Vendors & Sponsorships

Vendor exhibits available

Vendor exhibit space offers a selling and display platform to a captive audience.
For profit $75 | Non-profit $50
Includes: one 3’ x 6’ draped table, chair and one lunch ticket
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sponsorships AVAILABLE

Your organization or business can increase your exposure through a sponsorship of the conference.
Sponsorship $100
Includes: Organizations name and/or logo on the conference webpage, conference signage, on big screens and conference materials.
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Local Accommodations

Hotel Chequamegon (Best Western)
Conference Rates:
Lakeside rooms $99.99;
City-side rooms $89.99
Breakfast included.

Super 8 Ashland
Conference rate: $68.40

AmericInn Ashland
Conference rate: $71.99