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2018 Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

Friday, Mar. 23–24 2018, 12:00 a.m.

This annual conference celebrates the best writing, illustrating, and use of books for children and youth.

Conference Program

Download a draft of our program to plan your time at the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Kelly DiPucchio

2017 GCBA Picturebook (Grades K-4) Winner: Author

Kelly DiPucchio

Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several children's books, thousands of To-Do lists, and a few recipe cards. Two of her books, Grace For President and The Sandwich Swap, were New York Times bestsellers. She has authored more than 20 books, and her books have received such honors as the IRA Teachers' Choice Reading List, Notable Children's Book for younger readers by the Association for Library Service to Children, Parents Choice Award, and the NAPPA Gold Award. In 2014, DiPucchio was awarded the Gwen Frostic Award, granted by the Michigan Reading Association to an illustrator or author from the state who has helped promote literacy.

Louis Sachar

2017 GCBA Book (Grades 4-8) Winner

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar has been writing children's books for more than 30 years. He is best known for his Newbery Medal and National Book Award-winning novel "Holes," which was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name. He is also the author of both the "Sideways Stories From a Wayside School" and the "Marvin Redpost" series, as well as many other critically acclaimed novels. His most recent middle-grade novel, "Fuzzy Mud," is a cautionary environmental tale that features both mystery and humor. Sachar's lectures are as imaginative and entertaining as his works of fiction, and he enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages on the writing process and sharing the backstories of how his bestselling novels came to be.

Grace Lin

National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor recipient

Grace Lin

Grace Lin is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle-grade novels. Grace's novel, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2010 and Grace's early reader, "Ling and Ting," was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. Most recently, the cover illustration for her novel "When the Sea Turned Silver" (a 2016 National Book Award Finalist) was displayed at the White House, where Grace was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian-American and Pacific Islander art and storytelling. Many of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal."

Local Author Spotlight: Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder Laurel Snyder is the author of six novels for children: "Orphan Island," "Bigger than a Bread Box," "Penny Dreadful," "Any Which Wall," "Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess," and "Seven Stories Up." She has also written many picture books, including "Charlie and Mouse," "The Forever Garden," "Swan," "The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova" (a GCBA 2016-2017 Picturebook Nominee), "Inside the Slidy Diner," "Good Night, Laila Tov," "Nosh, Schlep, Schluff," "The Longest Night," "Camp Wonderful Wild," and "Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher."

International Scholar Spotlight: Åse Marie Ommundsen

Åse Marie Ommundsen Åse Marie Ommundsen is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and professor II at Nord University, Norway. Her current interest is in picturebooks, on which she has published articles in Norwegian, Danish, English, French and Dutch and lectured as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker. Her current research project is "What Difference Does the Picturebook Make?" In 2013 Ommundsen was awarded the Kari Skjønsberg Award for her research on children's literature.


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  • Participant: $195 (on or before Feb. 15), $225 (Feb. 16 or later; includes conference sessions, handouts, Friday lunch, and refreshment breaks)
  • Student participant: $95 (includes conference sessions, handouts, Friday lunch, and refreshment breaks)
  • Student participant without lunch: $75 (includes conference sessions, handouts, and refreshment breaks)

Author Workshops: $10 each (Sign up for a workshop with one of our keynote speakers! You can attend one or all five. Registration is limited to the first 25 registrants.)

Participant registration and cancellation deadline: March 16

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

Registration transfer: If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Simply email 48 hours before the event with the registration information of the person who will attend.

Hotel reservations: A block of hotel rooms is being held at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center. Hotel rates range from $119 per night for room with one queen or king bed, to $149 per night for a room with two queen or double beds. The deadline to make a hotel reservation with the group block is Feb. 15. To make a reservation, call the UGA Hotel and Conference Center directly at 800-884-1381 or 706-542-2134 or register online. Please use block code 86103 when making the reservation.

Exhibitor and Sponsors

Exhibitors at the Georgia Conference on Children's Literature have the opportunity to meet educators, media specialists, faculty, and children's literature enthusiasts from across Georgia and beyond. Exhibits are open Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.

Exhibitor registration fee: $450 (Each 5x8 exhibit booth includes the following amenities: pipe and black and silver drape backdrop and sides; one 3'x6' draped and skirted table; one chair; one sign hanging from top of the backdrop; one nametag per representative; company name and logo included in the printed program.)

Can't join us this year? Participate in the conference as one of our sponsors instead!

Sponsor fee: $200 (includes company name and logo in the printed program)

For more information about these opportunities, please email us.


Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel
Athens, GA 30602