In case you missed it, award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will deliver the 2024 Children’s Literature Lecture. And, the application to host the event is open!
The annual Children’s Literature Lecture features an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature. Library schools, college/university departments of education, and children’s library systems are eligible to host lecture. ALSC annually administers the lecture award.
About Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia is a New York Times best-selling author of novels for young adults and middle graders. With an interest in writing from a very young age, Williams-Garcia sold her first story to Highlights Magazine at 14. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, Newbery Honor Book, and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction. Her 2017 novel Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was a National Book Award finalist and won the NAACP Image Award for Youth/Teen Literature. She served on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children MFA Program. Williams-Garcia currently resides in New York.
Apply to Host Williams-Garcia!
Applications are due by Monday, May 1, 2023. Information about host site responsibilities is available in Appendices D & E of the Children’s Literature Lecture Award committee manual. The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May.