Early Bird Registration Extended!

We’ve extended the Early Bird registration period to February 3. What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

Online Registration Form Available Now!

Online registration  for the 2014 WWU Children’s Literature Conference is now active. Register early to save! You won’t believe how easy it is to register. Don’t forget, new this year is a Group Registration option, which reduces the individual cost when you register with a group of 3 or more.

Speakers Announced for 2014 Conference

We just posted the speakers for our 2014 Conference, which will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014. We are pleased to announce the speakers will be:

Nic Bishop
Author and photographer of nature book for children; recipient of 2011 ALA Sibert Medal for Nonfiction for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Largest Parrot, 2008 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for Spiders, 2007 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for Quest for the Tree Kangaroo.

Jennifer Holm
Author of Babymouse series of graphic-novel series, recipient of 2011 Newbery Honor for Turtle in Paradise, 2007 Newbery Honor for Penny from Heaven, 2000 Newbery Honor for Our Only May Amelia.

Steve Sheinkin
Former textbook writer, current nonfiction author and recipient of the 2013 Sibert Award for Nonfiction, the 2013 Newbery Honor, 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and 2013 National Book Award finalist for Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Author/illustrator, recipient of 2013 Caldecott Honor for Green, 2008 Caldecott Honor and 2008 Geisel Award for First the Egg, and author/illustrator of the Dog and Bear series for beginning readers.

Speaker Added for 2013

Michael GrantWe’ve added a forth presenter, Michael Grant. Michael is the author of Bzrk, Eve & Adam (co-written with Katherine Applegate), Gone series (Best Children’s Novel for Hunger, SCIBI 2009), The Magnificent 12 series. He is the husband of Katherine Applegate and the two of them will be doing a joint presentation. It’s all very exciting!

Registration for the 2013 Conference will open up October 2013!

Save the Date for 10th Annual WWUCLC

Save the Date for the 10th Annual WWU Children’s Literature Conference!
Saturday, February 23, 2013

We are continuing the tradition and excitement with award winning presenters
Brian Pinkney, Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Katherine Applegate!

Brian Pinkney – Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor), Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book), Faithful Friend (Caldecott Honor), In The Time of the Drums (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor)


Susan Campbell Bartoletti – Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor), The Boy Who Dared (ALA Best Books for Young Adults), Black Potatoes: The Great Irish Famine (Sibert Winner and Orbis Pictus Award), They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group (YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Finalist), Kids on Strike! (Jane Addams Award)


Katherine Applegate – The One and Only Ivan (Starred Reviews in School Library Journal & Kirkus), Home of the Brave (Golden Kite Award), Roscoe Riley Rules series, Animorphs book series


Questions about the conference can be directed to Sylvia Tag: sylvia.tag@wwu.edu

2011 National Book Award Finalists

Franny Billingsley, Chime
(Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )

Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
(Marshall Cavendish)

Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)

Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now
(Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Young People’s Literature Judges: Marc Aronson (Panel Chair),
Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver