Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

President's Message

Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

President's Message

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DEAR MEMBERS OF THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSEMBLY,

Welcome to the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Childrens Literature! We are still enjoying the afterglow of our time together in Boston. Each year, I look forward to this gathering of CLA members and friends to celebrate the best of children's literature at NCTE's annual convention. CLA events feel like a joyous reunion, open to all who share a passion for the wonder and magic that books inspire. Program chairs and volunteers work throughout the year to bring fresh ideas and innovations to our sessions. As members, you are part of that success, and I hope you join in that sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

Our Saturday Master Class this year, "Teaching Children's Literature in the 21st Century," offered a new program format. Master teachers of children's literature from across the country rotated among small groups to share their instructional strategies in a lively, interpersonal fashion. The tempo and style were perfect for an early evening time slot.

CLA's annual Sunday breakfast featured the nonfiction duo of Sy Montgomery and Nie Bishop. An unexpected, live field report by Nie via Skype from New Zealand brought new meaning to Houghton Mifflin's Scientists in the Field series! Closer to home, a high school student from Vermont, Max Judas, showed how autism can nurture the art of creation. Dozens of his handmade tapir sculptures decorated the breakfast tables to celebrate Sy and Nic's latest book, The Tapir Scientist. A silent auction of the work of awardwinning illustrators of children's literature raised significant funds for our research foundation. Each participant left with a new book by Sy and Nie. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin!

The Sunday afternoon Notable Books in the Language Arts session was yet another tour through the best of children's liter ature. A new twist challenged committee members to forgo the usual annotations through original "baiku" poems. These "book-haikus" uniquely captured each book's essence. …

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