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Top-selling authors featured at Asbury event

Children’s Literature Conference features Marc Brown, executive producer of ‘Arthur’, and others

Children's-Lit-ConferenceWILMORE, Ky. (March 14, 2018) — Asbury University will be hosting a one-day event March 24 featuring some of the top-selling children’s literature authors in the world.

The “Children’s Literature Conference” will promote awareness of new youth literature (PK-12) and will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Asbury’s state-of-the-art, $12.6-million Miller Center for Communication Arts and the new Jameson Recital Hall (dedicated just last week).

The event features industry leaders such as Marc Brown, executive producer of “Arthur,” the longest-running animated children’s show in television history. He and his wife are creators of a number of critically acclaimed non-fiction books for children, including “How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them.”

“I am excited to participate in the Asbury Children’s Literature Conference and celebrate this wonderful love we all share for children’s literature,” Brown said. “It’s also a learning experience for me to hear what teachers need to help make their job in the classroom a little easier. I look forward to being back in Kentucky and sharing unrevealed parts of my life and work. Sadly, my dancing bears are unable to join me (costume issues).”

Presented by Asbury’s School of Education and Kinlaw Library, in collaboration with Mazza Museum at Findlay University (Ohio), the conference is open to the public and will be helpful to teachers, librarians, pre-service teachers and parents. Attendees of the conference will attend keynote speeches by the conference’s four featured artists, with separate times designated for autographs. Break-out sessions on incorporating children’s literature into K-12 curriculum will be led by in-service teachers, librarians and storytellers.

Other speakers include Peter Catalanotto, author and illustrator of more than 17 books, who teaches a children’s book writing course offered by Columbia University and Pratt University and was once commissioned by former first lady Laura Bush to illustrate a White House holiday booklet; Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of several books for all ages including “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman” and “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman”; and Aaron Reynolds, a New York Times Bestselling Author who has written critically acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor-winning “Creepy Carrots!”

“Our conference will allow educators in our area to interact with distinguished children’s authors and illustrators,” said Katrina Salley, the coordinator of the conference and Education Librarian for Asbury University’s School of Education. “We firmly believe that contact with authors and illustrators who produce quality literature and participation in professional workshops will equip and inspire them to create literacy rich environments for youth.”

General admission for this unique, all-day event with the authors is $100 with lunch included ($60 for students). The first 75 to register will receive an autographed copy of Reynolds’ book, “Chicks and Salsa.” To register, learn more about the authors and see a full schedule of the day’s events, visit asbury.edu/aclc.

For any additional information about the conference, please contact Katrina Salley at [email protected].