Children’s Literature Association Conference

Diverging Diversities:
Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature Then and Now

Hosted by The University of South Carolina

June 18-21, 2014
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia Marriott

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The University of South Carolina and the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium welcome you to the 41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, which will take place June 18-21, 2014. This year’s conference, themed, “Diverging Diversities,” will examine the myriad ways in which authors, artists, publishers and scholars of contemporary children’s and young adult literature and culture are addressing diversity in the face of rapidly shifting U.S. demographics. Features of this year’s conference include author/illustrator Anita Lobel, a Diversity Committee plenary session on children’s literature as big business, a night at the movies highlighting USC’s film archive, and much more. ChLA immediately precedes the second US-China Children’s Literature Symposium (June 22-24), which will feature presentations by approximately ten Chinese and ten U.S. scholars speaking on “the Global Child.” We encourage you to come for ChLA, stay for the Symposium, and while here, to explore the University of South Carolina’s rich children’s literature holdings in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Caroliniana Library.

You may have noticed that the 41st Annual Conference logo is an owl. The owls are in honor of Augusta Braxton Baker, the first African American Children’s Services Coordinator for the New York Public Library system and, after her retirement, USC’s Storyteller-in-Residence for 14 years (1980-1994). Baker advocated tirelessly for both children’s literature and children. At a time when children’s books presented “an all-white world,” she challenged the industry and library profession to be more inclusive. The Augusta Baker Collection of African-American Children’s Literature & Folklore, housed at USC’s Hollings Library, will be featured during the conference. Because Baker loved and collected owls, we honor her through the conference logo, made from a diversity of cut, colorfully decorative papers.