Children’s Literature Symposium

The biennial Children’s Literature Symposium began in 2011 and is jointly hosted by Belk Library and the Reich College of Education.

2021 Children’s Literature Symposium

March 24 & 31, 2021 via Zoom

The 2021 Appalachian Children's Symposium will be free, virtual, and hosted on Zoom!

Meg Medina will offer a professional development workshop for teachers and librarians on March 24, 2021 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Lauren Castillo will offer a professional development workshop on March 31, 2021 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Both authors will visit local schools virtually.

We are very excited about this opportunity and hope that you will be able to join us.  Please fill out the registration form.

2017 Children’s Literature Symposium

Crafting Stories with Poetry and Prose, October 26–28, 2017

Visiting authors Allan Wolf, Alan Gratz, Heather Bouwman, and storyteller Donna Washington.

On October 26–27, Alan Gratz and Heather Bouwman visited area public schools, led discussions in Appalachian State University classrooms, and offered a program at the Watauga County Public Library.

The Saturday, October 28 program provided professional development opportunities for librarians and teachers. Allan Wolf presented the keynote address and joined Alan Gratz and Heather Bouwman in leading breakout sessions on the theme Crafting Stories with Poetry and Prose. Donna Washington provided a storytelling performance.

The symposium was sponsored by Chuck and Pauletta Parker, Mary Helen Ridenhour, Charles and Elaine Graham, and the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens Distinguished Professorship for Children and Reading.

2015 Children’s Literature Symposium

Stories about Children with Disabilities, November 5–7, 2015

Visiting authors Kathryn Erskine, Joseph Bathanti, and the performance poetry group Poetry Alive!

2013 Children’s Literature Symposium

A Day of Stories, Songs, Poetry and Prose, November 9, 2013

Joseph Bruchac was the keynote speaker and author. Joseph Bathanti and Edie Hemingway offered breakout sessions. Lunchtime programming was provided by Native American drummers and dancers.

2011 Children’s Literature Symposium

November 5, 2011

Deborah Wiles was our keynote speaker and author. Poetry Alive offered a breakout session and lunchtime programming.