34th Annual Children's

Literature Workshop

June 17-18, 2013
St Cloud State University - Atwood Center

St. Cloud, MN

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This workshop can be taken for credit, please select the tab for IM 445/545. Workshop Registration is required prior to Course Registration. Workshop will be held in Atwood Voyageurs Room.

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CEU's available: This workshop may meet the requirements of the 9710.7200 clock hour requirements for reading by increasing knowledge of children's literature and higher order thinking skills. Check with your district.

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Author of more than 60 books, including Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Newbery Medal), The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Newbery Honor) and Nothing But the Truth (Newbery Honor). Avi’s works range from picture books to adventures to fantasy to historical fictional to series books. His latest book, Sophia’s War: A Tale of Revolution was published in September, 2012.


More about Avi at http://avi-writer.com

Laura Purdie Salas


Author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including Bookspeak! Poems About Books (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Book, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A Leaf Can Be. She has also written numerous nonfiction books.

More about Laura at www.laurasalas.com


Library Jewels: New Books for Library Collections

Julie Riemer

This keynote book address will highlight some of Julie’s picks for great books published over the last year.  Julie is an elementary library media specialist and reading specialist in the Mounds View School District who loves to share books with readers. She is fortunate to read to and with children and teachers each day, and she enjoys extending her knowledge about books to other teachers and librarians through workshops and her book blog, Extended Shelf Life. 

Check out the book blog at http://extendedlibraryjewelshelflife.blogspot.com/

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Use Picture Books to build Vocabulary, Creativity, and Community

Debra Frasier

See how to stage a school-wide Vocabulary Parade or host an Alphabet Carnival (where everyone wins words). Experience the new materials for Debra's soon to be released book Spike’s Friends: A Voice and Character Writing Workshop, and leave ready to make your own “voice” presentation to students.

Minnesota author author/illustrator Debra Frasier has written and illustrated numerous award-winning picture books (including Miss Alaineus-A Vocabulary Disaster, On the Day You Were Born, and A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake) and is the founder of The Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair. She travels nationally to speak to students and teachers about creative process and her approach to integrating picture book activities into the community.

Learn more about Debra at http://www.debrafrasier.com




Story Power: The Reader As Writer

Sheila O’Connor

For most writers the love affair with books began with someone else’s story--reading someone else’s words made them want to write their own.  What is the secret of story power?  How does imagination lead to empathy?  How can we use literature to foster future writers?  

Minnesota author Sheila O'Connor has written four novels, including two for young people: Sparrow Road and Keeping Safe the Stars.  She's a professor in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University.



Weaving Technology into your Reading Program

Laurie Conzemius

Technology tools abound that can enhance your reading program, allow for individual creativity, and help instill a love of books with students of all ages. This presentation will showcase free online tools any teacher can use to support the teaching of reading in all grade levels.

Laurie Conzemius is the Instructional Technology/Media Specialist at Pine Meadow Elementary School in Sartell, an adjunct professor at SCSU, and an ISTE board member.



Concurrent Session

Vickie Palmquist

Vickie Palmquist, co-founder of the Children’s Literature Network, will be presenting on nonfiction materials and the Common Core curriculum.



Concurrent Session

Dennis Warner

Dennis Warner, Minnesota author and performer, will wrap up the Conference as he talks about his book Beads on One String and the anti-bullying curriculum which has grown out of the book. Dennis will also provide an added treat with a performance of some of his songs.



The St. Cloud State University Bookstore will be hosting the book sales during the Children’s Literature Workshop. For your shopping convenience, the book sales tables will be located right outside of one of the main presentation rooms in Atwood Center. Cash, check, or all major credit cards will be accepted.

 Participant Perks:  There will be a 10% education discount offered to CLW participants on book purchases at the book sales tables. There will also be a coupon in your registration packet for a discount on purchases at the main SCSU Bookstore in Centennial Hall. Might be a good time to stock up on Husky memorabilia!!

Little known fact: 13% of the cost of each sale made through the SCSU Bookstore goes into the University’s general scholarship fund! That alone should take away any guilt over book purchases.


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If you have further questions, please contact:

Marcia E. Thompson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Information Media Department, EB B118
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56304-4498
Office Phone: 320-308-2120
E-mail: mthompson@stcloudstate.edu

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Information Media

St Cloud State University EB B118

720 Fourth Avenue South, St Cloud MN 56301


(320) 308-2062


Last updated by the Information Media Department 3/26/13