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National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Co-Sponsored Session
USBBY holds a co-sponsored session at the annual convention of the International Reading Association, held in November, featuring an international author or other expert in the field of literature for children and young adults.

2016 USBBY-NCTE Co-Sponsored Session
Join us for the NCTE co-sponsored session in Atlanta, GA!
Friday, November 18th 12:30-1:45
Georgia World Congress Center Room B208

Advocating Global Authenticity: Creativity and Representation in Children's Literature


Il Sung Na, sponsored by Random House
International author and illustrator Il Sung Na, will reflect on his passion for writing and illustrating books for young children. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Il Sung Na developed this love for children's books when he moved to London to pursue a BFA in Illustration and Animation at Kingston University. He determined that the ability to be creative has always been with him from a young age. Na has been the recipient of various book awards including, The Boston Globe's Best Children's Books for 2014, Kirkus Best Children's Books for 2011 and 2012, and Amazon's Best Books of 2015.

Torben Kuhlmann, sponsored by North South
International author and illustrator, Torben Kuhlmann, will share his enthusiasm for painting and drawing. Kuhlmann was born, and lives, in Germany. His artistic abilities were realized as early as kindergarten and his work is quickly gaining recognition across children's book arenas. His book, Lindbergh, The Tale of a Flying Mouse was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year award winner and his illustrations were featured at the 2013 Bologna Children's Book Exhibition.