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The Joy of Children’s Literature Conference at The College of William and Mary

On Friday, October 10th, William & Mary is hosting their JCL Conference. It’s a one-day event and it is terrific. I am particularly excited this year because the two featured authors are ones I think highly of.

Barbara O’Connor is a wonderful author who has given children a number of good reads over the years. I just checked online to refresh my memory on her titles and was amazed at how many I read and enjoyed. Here are just a few of them.

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Check them out online. They are really perfect middle grade novels. My two favorites are How to Steal a Dog and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester.  I really can’t wait to hear Ms. O’Connor talk about how these ideas came to her and how they came to fruition. It should be great. Here’s a link to her website:

Also on the bill is Candace Fleming. I adore her work. The amazing thing about Candy is her versatility. She does fiction, non-fiction, and even picture books. I have mentioned her newest book, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, and raved about it. It was one of the two best works of non-fiction this year for YA audiences. The second is Susan Goldman Rubin’s Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi (also mentioned here in the blog). In addition to her incredible non-fiction, Candy has done some remarkable picture books. Boxes for Katje tells the story of a small town in Holland that was suffering terribly after the end of World War II. It was a harsh winter and warm clothes and food supplies were frighteningly low. A small town in America adopted this town and helped them recover in small but important ways. Love it!


I love her Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! books. Rabbit will get to the garden no matter what the gardener does. The text is so lyrical (a great read aloud) and the art by G. Brian Karas is wonderful.


Another one I have to mention is Oh, No! With one false step, animal after animal fall into the deep pit. How on earth will they get out? The art is by Caldecott winner, Eric Rohmann, whose work is just fantastic.

9780375842719_p0_v1_s260x420Try to make it to the conference. It should be wonderful. I’ll be there doing a couple of talks and I would love to meet you there! Here’s the link: 


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