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Conference Theme: Bridging Cultures Through Literacy

Thursday, October 30, 2014-Sunday, November 2, 2014
Delray Beach, Florida

Conference Program

New Members Meet and Greet!

Don't forget! Everyone, new and old members alike, are invited to New Members Meet and Greet, Friday, October 31st, 5:30-6:30 in the atrium of the Delray Beach Marriott. Come get to know a new member or two! Light refreshments will be served.

Keynote Speaker

Violet J. Harris is a Professor of Language and Literacy at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on literature for youth, literacy materials, the publishing industry, and language issues, with an emphasis on factors such as race, ethnicity, and language. She is the former co-editor of The New Advocate and AERJ-TLHD and active in several literature and literacy organizations including Reading Is Fundamental.

Saturday Awards Breakfast Speaker

Dr. Junko Yokota is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Language at National College of Education, National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children's Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her research focuses on visual narratives in picture books, multicultural and international literature, digital literature for children, and literacy instruction through quality literature. Her publications include five editions of a coauthored college textbook, Children's Books in Children's Hands, two children's literature review columns, numerous journal articles, and chapters in edited books.

Junko is past president of USBBY, the U.S. national section of the IBBY. She served on the American Library Association's Newbery Committee, chaired the Batchelder Committee and currently chairs the Caldecott Committee. She has served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Anderson Award jury, the Bologna Illustration Jury, and is president of the Nami Island International Illustration Concours. Junko received the Virginia Hamilton Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature, Reading the World Award and is a frequent speaker and an active participant in the international children's literature community.


Vote planned for ALER Legislative Session

Proposed Amendment to ALER Constitution and By-Laws

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