Dear Children's Literature Advocates,
As president of USBBY, I am pleased to invite you to attend the 11th IBBY Regional Conference, created around the theme of "Through the Looking Glass: Exploring the Wonderland of International Children's Literature." During the weekend of October 16-18, 2015 members of the global community will gather in New York City to contemplate, through the looking glass of literature, global perspectives, experiences, expertise and passions. In a city known for its diversity, join participants in this conference as they form a community, tightly bound by its passion for the potential of books to impact the lives of young people but eager to expand its membership internationally to the diverse stories and perspectives that await. Framing and inspiring this community's interactions and discussions are renowned speakers, many award-winning creators of children's and adolescent books.
Registration for the 11th IBBY Regional Conference is now open. Below you will find a description of the conference and its international program and a link to the registration form with hotel booking information. As additional speakers and opportunities are added to our program they will be added to the website description as well, so be sure to revisit the conference information in the upcoming months. Also, if you are interested in proposing a session to present at the conference, you will find information here as well. If you are not a member of USBBY you will have the opportunity to join upon registration or you may join prior to registering through the USBBY website.
On behalf of the many people who are working to assure that this regional continues the legacy of outstanding experiences offered in past IBBY Regional Conferences, I welcome you to participate and encourage you to register early as space is limited. The USBBY community eagerly anticipates exploring the wonderland of international children's literature with you!
The 11th IBBY Regional Conference in New York City will provide a unique opportunity for teachers, librarians and other readers to experience to world of international children's and young adult literature. The conference theme "Through the Looking Glass: Exploring the Wonderland of International Children's Literature" marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the IBBY Regional Conference title plays with and expands on the significance of that and other such publishing landmarks.
The sessions will focus on excellence in publishing books for young people in a global marketplace, challenges of translation and distribution, the importance of the graphic format in promoting information and visual literacy, and the literary effects of the ever-changing geopolitical landscape. From the opening evening greeting by Kate DiCamillo, our United States National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to the closing session by David Almond, this three-day conference will offer new ways to think about both the real and imagined world. Renowned speakers include Susan Cooper, who will present the Dorothy Briley Memorial Lecture in the famed Broad Street Ballroom. The 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustration winner Roger Mello along with French nominee and finalist Francois Place will present a session moderated by Paul Zelinsky. Children's book historian and critic Leonard Marcus will present a session Alice and Milo. Mark Siegel will moderate the graphic novel session that features Gene Luen Yang. The 2016 U.S. Hans Christian Andersen nominees, Lois Lowry and Chris Raschka will be introduced. Authors, illustrators and translators from every continent will be on hand to make this conference a truly international event. A complete program and conference schedule will be available on the USBBY website.
Mark your calendars now for the 11th IBBY Regional Conference, October 16-18, 2015 at the Léman Manhattan School, 41 Broad St, New York City. The Conference hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton, Lower Manhattan. A list of other hotels in the area will be available on the website.
A call for applications to present a one-hour breakout session is available on the USBBY website. The title and 100-word abstract must fit the conference theme and must feature international children's literature. (Proposals will be evaluated according to these criteria). Technology support will be for Power Point only.
Opportunities to present poster sessions that focus on successful, replicable strategies highlighting international literature in schools, libraries, and other diverse community and educational settings will be showcased.