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Great Books Make the Difference: An Extravaganza in Celebration of Classroom Libraries

The Team that Created the TCRWP Classroom Library Project, plus authors, and other book people
Featured Speakers: Lucy Calkins, Shana Frazin, Heather Michael, Anita Silvey, Betty Carter, and others
When: Friday October 21, 2016

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This day will be a celebration. Over the course of the 2015-2016 year, the TCRWP team studied 22,000 books that had been recommended to us as the best books ever—and from that collection, we curated state-of-the-art K-8 libraries that are now being distributed across the world by Heinemann. Today will be a time for the people who worked especially on that project— including some of the nation’s top children’s literature buffs—to bring forward the books that have turned our worlds upside down. Today will be filled with workshops that help you get your hands on extraordinary books—of all kinds. Above all, however, today will be a day where experts on children’s literature and experts of the teaching of reading merge their expertise with powerful results for teachers, librarians, and most importantly students. There will be sessions on Books that Can Make Disengaged Boys Love Reading, on All-time Favorite Read Alouds, on Ten Things Teachers and Kids Should Look for in the Best Nonfiction, on the Most Supportive Series for Moving Readers Levels, on Who’s Who and What’s What in the World of Publishing Little Leveled Books, and on The Authors and Issues Behind the Books You Know So Well.

The all-star cast of this day will include Anita Silvey, one of many advisors to the TCRWP Classroom Library Project. Anita has appeared frequently on NPR, The Today Show, 60 Minutes and radio programs across the US to talk about books for children and teenagers. Publisher’s Weekly described her, saying, "It would be hard to find a more authoritative voice than Anita Silvey." As publisher of children’s books for Houghton Mifflin Company and as former Editor- in-Chief of The Horn Book Magazine, a publication many call “the Bible of children’s literature,” she reads several thousand books a year, hunting for those of exceptional quality that children return to again and again. Lucy Calkins, Director of TCRWP and literature at Texas Woman’s University Betty Carter will also present. Betty is professor emerita of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University and former reading teacher and school librarian. She is also the author of Best Books for Young Adults: The Selections, the History, the Romance. And of course, a number of TCRWP staff will also participate.

The TCRWP’s work with classroom libraries has not only allowed us to locate stunning, amazing books, but we’ve also come to realize there is a whole world of people who define themselves as, above all, Book People. This day will help you come to know the websites, organizations, events, tools, arguments, issues and dreams that are essential to Book People. You’ll learn how to be a part of the public communities of books lovers and hear key tips for how to navigate the social networking involved—you’ll learn important blogs to follow, hear about conferences to attend and key awards for children’s literature. The presenters will share practical ways you can help make your classroom part of that community—from Beloved Book circles to getting your students involved in Mock Newbery Awards to skyping and tweeting children’s authors to getting your students to make digital trailers for books—you’ll get tons of ideas for how to make the culture of book loving in your room as strong as possible.

Expect, also, to learn specifics about the TCRWP Classroom Library Project. You’ll hear the secrets and stories behind some of the books in the libraries so you can help your students to know more about the books in their hands. You’ll leave brimming with new book suggestions, new ideas for creating a classroom and school wide book-loving culture, and practical tips for making great use of your books and your classroom library. Join us for a not-to-be-missed Classroom Library Extravaganza!