Award-winning children’s book author Gennifer Choldenko will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Whittier College Children’s Literature Conference. Choldenko is the author of popular children’s books such as Notes From a Liar and Her Dog and Al Capone Does my Shirts. The conference and book fair will be held Saturday, April 24 from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608. Pre-registration is $15 and on-site registration is $20; for more information 562.907.4248.
Choldenko’s books are recognized for their literary merit and their appeal to young readers. Her second novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, earned the coveted Newberry Honor for 2004, a California Young Reader Medal, and a host of other awards. The sequel, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, was releases September 2009.
Newberry Honor Award recipient Zilpha Keatley Snyder ’48 will also speak during the conference. Snyder is the author of 46 books, among them: The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and the Witches of Worm. Many of her titles have been selected as ALA Notable Books and have been published in translation in 16 foreign countries. Snyder’s newest children’s book William S. and the Great Escape was published in 2009.
Over 15 small group sessions will be presented by exemplary local teachers, education consultants, and college faculty. In addition, the Whittier College Department of Education and Child Development will present the “Zilpha Keatley Snyder Award” to a teacher who demonstrates exemplary practices encouraging and supporting children and youth to enjoy reading.