I had a mind-blowing time at the Bill Morris Seminar in Boston. The gist of it is: you take a room, fill it with librarians from all over the country at varying times in their librarian and ALSC careers, and then have incredible people lecture them on book evaluation and put them into discussion groups to apply what they’ve learned. Here is my illustrated wrap-up of the day, with wise words from KT Horning (sometimes reading the words of out-sick Martha Parravano), Thom Barthelmess, Mary Burkey, Kevin Delecki, Randy Enos, Junko Yokoto, and other participants.
All original artwork copyright 2016, Lisa Nowlain
Lisa Nowlain is the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Fellow and Children’s Librarian at Darien Library in Darien, CT (you can be the next one! Apply by April 1 at www.darienlibrary.org/mcgrawfellowship) She is also an artist-type (see more at www.lisanowlain.com).
Thanks for this, Lisa! Sounds terrific!
Back when I was teaching children’s lit at UIUC, I did some of this kind of work with students. We’d read an article and I’d haul in a bunch of books, and we’d use the article to examine the books.
What books did you discuss? Can you share a list of the pre-readings (I followed your link and saw reference to readings)?
Lisa Nowlain Post author
Hi Debbie! Here is our list of pre-readings that we discussed in small groups. The list was pulled from award winners last year.
The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illus by Melissa Sweet
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman; Illus. by Rick Allen (Children’s Notable)
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín
I’m so sad I missed this. Thanks for the colorful sum-up!
This is a wonderful, visual, personal, spot-on synthesis of Morris highlights! Thank you for creating this unique summary, Lisa, and for investing fully in our big day. It was a rich and fabulous experience all around, I totally agree!
Lisa Nowlain Post author
Thanks so much, Sylvia, for planning it with Deb! What a highlight!
Wow, this visual is great! It helped me remember a truly terrific day of learning and camaraderie,
Lisa, this is fantastic! I took written notes – it was such an incredible, information-packed day – but your gorgeous, bright illustrations sum things up so well. Thank you for sharing!
Oh, and one more quote to add, from Deb Taylor’s wrap-up: “Read as an adult, but put the child first.”
Thanks Laura! Yes, there were so many good quotes…I could have illustrated all day long. It was fun to read your blog too!
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