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UPG to hold children's literature conference

| Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Children's authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Kay Winters will join 17 other writers, illustrators and educators at the eighth annual Children's Literature Conference on May 7 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

The conference is designed for children's authors, teacher educators, librarians, and elementary and middle school teachers.

Anderson's books for children and teenagers have attracted much attention. Publishers Weekly called "Speak" a "stunning first novel." The film version of "Speak" was accepted for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January. Winters served as a consultant for the American International Schools in Egypt, Nepal, Italy, Jordan, Israel and Greece before becoming a full-time writer. Her presentation, "The Power of Words," will focus on making a difference in classrooms, libraries and homes with the magic of story. Her latest book is "Voices of Ancient Egypt."

Mary Beth Spore, UPG associate professor of English and director of the college's Certificate Program in Children's Literature, will discuss "The History in Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults."

Rosalie Carpenter, director of elementary education at Washington & Jefferson College, will discuss "Using Children's Literature to Create Instructional Materials in Elementary & Secondary Classrooms" and Susan Fello, assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present "The Perfect Equation: Children + Books + Reading Strategies = Comprehension."

Kelli Paquette, assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present "Linking Children's Love of Literature with the

6+1 Writing Traits," and Dr. Ruth Biro and Wayne Brinda of Duquesne University will discuss "Youth in War and Conflict in Literature: Connecting Issues of Hatred, Annihilation, Genocide, and Human Rights in World Locales Over Time."

The $70 registration covers lunch and admission to a book sale and signing to take place after the conference. For information, call 724-836-7170 or e-mail upgclc@pitt.edu .

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