The biennial Children’s Literature Symposium began in 2011 and is jointly hosted by Belk Library and the Reich College of Education.
The 2020 Children’s Literature Symposium has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus threat.
Exploring Empathy, Imagination and Agency in Children's Literature
The 2020 Children's Literature Symposium with visiting authors Meg Medina and Lauren Castillo has been rescheduled for March 27, 2021.
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.