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. Online registration closes on Monday, November 6 at 4 p.m.

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);
  • six 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 9

Alvord Theatre

  • 5:00-8:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Informal reception with presenters & CCBC book browsing.
    • Enjoy visiting with our presenters and spend time looking at a selection of outstanding new (c2017) books for birth to grade twelve across a range of themes and topics. The books have been selected by staff of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. CCBC presentation: CCBC Presentation: Great New Books for PreK-Grade 5
    • Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will talk about some of the outstanding new (c2017) books for PreK-five classrooms and libraries across a range of themes and topics. Books are available for browsing prior to the session.
  • 7:30-11:00 p.m. Wolf howl with Adrian Wydeven, Timber Wolf Alliance Advisory Council chair and retired DNR biologist  (optional)
Friday, November 10 (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 sessions
    • CCBC Presentation: Great New Books for PreK-Grade 5
      Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will talk about some of the outstanding new (c2017) books for PreK-five classrooms and libraries across a range of themes and topics. Books are available for browsing prior to the session.
    • Finding the Stories in Nature with Emily Stone
      As a naturalist and educator who also loves reading, Emily is always on the lookout for the stories present in our natural observations. These stories can make even the most mundane natural objects come alive for any audience! From goldenrod galls, to leaves chewed by leaf miners, micro-hikes, microbes, and more, nature holds exciting adventures for those who know how to look.
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. Break, vendors, book-signing
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.Breakout sessions
    • Making the Most of the CCBC as a Resource: A Session for Educators
      The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a statewide children’s and young adult literature resource library serving educators and librarians across Wisconsin. From topical bibliographies on its website to its award-winning intellectual freedom information service, the CCB has a wealth of resources available to you. This session will provide an overview of the CCBC services and provide a tour of online resources on the library’s web site. If you’ve never heard of the CCBC, or aren’t quite sure how or whether the CCBC can help you with your children’s and young adult literature needs, don’t miss this session.
    • Write Outside! with Margi Preus
      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
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. Break, vendors, book-signing
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions
    • Using Children’s Nature Literature with Lee Ann Landstrom & Karen Shragg
      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.
    • The Magic of Picture Books with Emma Bland Smith
      Emma Bland Smith thinks picture books are about as magical as it gets, and in this session she will share her experiences with this genre of children’s literature in her roles as mother, librarian, and writer. She will also offer reflections on the significant contributions that these books make to the growth and development of children and adults alike, with a special focus on the role of picture books for older readers.
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m. Closing and raffle

Click to Register

Online registration closes November 6 at 4:00 p.m.

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: Organization’s 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.
715-682-9095

Super 8 Ashland
Conference rate: $68.40
715-682-9377

AmericInn Ashland
Conference rate: $71.99
715-682-9950