Spring has arrived and the University of Alabama campus is dressed in green. Appropriately for the season, I just spent two days in the refreshing company of writers, illustrators, educators, librarians and students at the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference, held in a bright lecture hall on the second floor of Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at UA.
Chalk up another one to serendipity. I only found out about this conference by browsing the School of Library and Information Studies website a couple of months ago. The conference chair, Dr. Jamie Naidoo, is a professor at SLIS who is nationally known for his expertise in multicultural children’s literature. Contacts were made and Dr. Naidoo graciously reopened the roster of presenters to let in a green-as-spring author—me!
The conference was a joy. When we weren’t listening to keynote addresses, attendees and presenters mingled freely, networked, and formed friendships. There’s nothing like sage advice and affirmation from those that have gone before you, and that’s what I received in abundance.
Now meet some of my new friends through a sample of their books:
Dr. Alma Flor Ada
Learn more: http://almaflorada.com/
Dr. Isabel Campoy, co-authored with Dr. Ada:
Learn more: http://isabelcampoy.com/
Dr. Monica Brown, with illustrator John Parra:
Learn more: http://www.monicabrown.net/
Learn more: http://megmedina.com/
René Colato Laínez, with illustrator Joe Cepeda:
Learn more: http://renecolatolainez.com/