Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference

UNLV’s College of Education

is pleased to host the Gayle A. Zeiter Conference, annually.

The mission of the Zeiter conference is to engage teachers, librarians, budding authors and illustrators, university faculty and students of all ages, in a day of exploration and engagement with renowned Children’s and Young Adult authors.

This years attendees will have the opportunity to hear

Ellen Hopkins, Alexander London and Judy Schachner share their work. Break out sessions will also be offered with various opportunities to learn ways to share and teach with children’s and young adult literature, explore diverse topics in literature and learn more about becoming an author/illustrator.

Please share in the joy of children’s and young adult literature!

Register here.

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Dr. Bickmore to Speak at YSU English Festival

Dr. Bickmore will be speaking at the Youngstown State University English Festival being held April 20-22, 2016

Check out their website here .

About the Festival

Each year, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, sponsors the YSU English Festival. This is a unique annual program reaching out to approximately 3,000 junior and senior high school students from Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties in Ohio, and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania, their teachers and parents, area librarians, and other members of the community who are interested in promoting and cultivating reading and writing.

Though the English Festival occurs in the spring, its effects are felt throughout the year. Each fall nearly 200 middle and high schools in the greater Youngstown area receive invitations to bring students to the YSU English Festival. To attend, students must read seven books, and teachers monitor their reading progress throughout the year.

As the Festival approaches, several hundred students will write essays for the Candace Gay Memorial Essay Contest. Others will prepare original artwork for the Festival Art Contest. Thousands of students will read the seven books for their age group. Meanwhile, the teachers prepare for their jobs as writing judges or session leaders.

The week before the Festival, over 200 teachers, parents, and librarians will come to campus to receive final Festival materials and to be trained in holistic and analytic trait methods for assessing writing (used to judge students’ writing efforts) or to be oriented to their jobs as session leaders or monitors, and then Festival week will begin.

The YSU English Festival is so large that it takes three days to complete. Separate groups of nearly 1,000 students (10th–12th graders on one day, 7th–9th graders on two others) attend on each day, filling every available room in the University’s student center and several campus auditoriums. They will listen to a noted author or authors of some of the books they have read, write impromptu essays, collaborate on workshop activities, attend dramatic or artistic performances, participate in “insight” book discussions, and try their skills at language games and “not-so-trivial pursuit” competitions.

2016 English Festival Booklist

7th – 9th Grades

De la Pena, Matt I Will Save You*
De la Pena, Matt A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Joe Lewis**
Black, Holly Doll Bones
Lai, Thanhha Inside Out and Back Again
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls
Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build-and-Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon*
Sloan, Holly Goldberg Counting by 7’s
Vawter, Vince Paperboy

10th – 12th Grades

De la Pena, Matt I Will Save You*
De la Pena, Matt A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Joe Lewis**
De la Pena, Matt We Were Here
Quick, Matthew Boy 21
Sedgwick, Marcus Revolver
Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build-and-Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon*
Wein, Elizabeth Rose Under Fire
Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan
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Dr. Bickmore to Present with colleague at Kennesaw State

1594295_origDr. Steven T. Bickmore will be presenting with his colleague from Mississippi State University, Dr. Paul Binford at the prestigious Kennesaw State University Conference on Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Their topic is the value and effectiveness of Cross-Curricular instruction between English Language Arts and Social Studies classes using Young Adult Literature. The will explain their model using Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. They are wRothmc_coverorking on a book project that will explore levels of collaboration between these subject areas. In the book they will demonstrate how the state history course in the middle grades in 10 southern states can an engage endeavor with both the Social Studies and the English Teachers work through the collaborative levels of Cross-Curricular,Interdisciplinary, and Integration. The keynote speakers for the event will be to well known authors of adolescent literature, Chris Crowe and Chris Lynch.


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Meet Dr. Bickmore

It is time to meet the director!

Visit the new page here5841658 to find out about Dr. Bickmore.

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2016 Newbery Medal Winner

The 2016 Newbery Medal Winner is Last Stop On Market Street, written byLast-Stop-Medals

Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson


Both Matt and Christian have a collection of remarkable work. You should check out their websites!

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