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The 9th IBBY Regional Conference Comes to Fresno in 2011

The 9th IBBY Regional Conference, to be held, October 21-23, 2011 at the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children´s Literature, The Henry Madden Library, at California State University, in Fresno, CA, promises to provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians, and other readers to experience the world of international children´s and young adult literature.

The theme of the 9th IBBY Regional Conference is "Peace the World Together With Children´s Books," one that captures the spirit of what will happen over the three days of the conference as attendees from diverse areas of the glove come together to read, discuss, share, and revel in books that take us to real and imaginary worlds, offering insight into other people and ways of life.

Register for the Conference
Conference registration will open on January 15, 2011.

The Conferees
We anticipate an attendance of 250-300 people. Conferees come from all corners of the United States, as well as a range of countries from around the world. We are teachers of children and adolescents; public and school librarians; authors, illustrators, translators, editors, and publishers of literature for youth; children´s literature scholars; and other participants deeply interested in international children´s books and sharing perspectives on those books.

The Conference
The three-day conference is a rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned authors and illustrators, including author Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrator Peter Sis, collaborators on the book The Dreamer; Brazilian illustrator Roger Mello; American illustrator David Diaz; South African and British author Beverley Naidoo; Cuban-American author Margarita Engle; Jehan Helou, from the Tamar Insitutue and a member of IBBY EC; Chinese-American author/illustrator Grace Lin and her editor Alvina Ling; and, from Ghana, author and storyteller Adwoa Badoe.

On Friday, October 21st, join us for a special evening featuring stories, choral readings, and illustrations from the Peace Story Collection performed by selected conference speakers and guests. Also performing will be a locally renowned children´s choir. Local California authors and illustrators will be available to show and discuss their work in table top presentations during a dessert and wine reception.

Saturday, October 22nd features a full day of exciting keynote addresses, exhibits, breakout sessions, book discussion groups, and the Briley Lecture dinner address by Beverley Naidoo. Sunday, October 23rd begins with the USBBY Annual Membership Meeting and information about the 2012 IBBY World Congress in London, continues with outstanding major speakers, and ends with a storyteller from Ghana.

A Conference Schedule is available now; additional conference details will be posted here and at www.arnenixoncenter.org. as they become available

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