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Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

2022 Keynote Speakers

Elana K. Arnold

Elana is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.

Angela Dominguez

Angela was born in Mexico City and grew up in the great state of Texas. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Stella Díaz Has Something To Say; Mango, Abuela, and Me; and Galápogos Girl. She is a two-time recipient of the Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. When Angela is not in her studio or visiting schools, she teaches at the Academy of Art University, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

Alex Gino

Alex is author of middle grade novels Rick, You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! and the Stonewall Award-winning George, which they now call Melissa’s Story. They love glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the complexity of being alive.

Minh Lê

Minh is the author of award-winning picture books Lift and Drawn Together, as well as Let Me Finish! and The Perfect Seat. He also wrote Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle-grade graphic novel. In addition to writing books, he serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books and has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, The Horn Book, NPR, and HuffPost. Outside of spending time with his wonderful wife and children at their home in San Diego, his favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.

Leigh Turina

Leigh is the Lead Librarian for the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities and is a working children’s librarian at Toronto Public Library’s (TPL) North York Central branch where the collection resides. Leigh, who previously worked in the therapeutic recreation field with people with disabilities, considers this her dream job.

2022 Conference Registration

Registration for the 2022 Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature is now open! Early bird registration closes February 11, 2022. Conference presenters must register by January 31, 2022.
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Planning for our 53rd Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature! (March 18–19, 2022)

We are excited to be organizing a face-to-face conference for 2022 after having had an online conference last year! As an integral part of Georgia’s literacy initiative for half a century, the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature draws hundreds of teachers, school media specialists, public librarians, authors, illustrators, and children’s literature scholars from the Southeast and beyond. The conference also hosts the finals of the annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a statewide competition for students in grades 4-12.

The conference is also closely connected to the Georgia Children’s Book Awards .

2021 Virtual Conference Recordings

Be sure to check out the Keynote speakers from this year’s Virtual Conference !

Upcoming Events

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Be an ExhibitorExhibitors at the Conference on Children’s Literature have the opportunity to meet educators, media specialists, faculty, and children’s literature enthusiasts from across Georgia.
Be a SponsorSponsors at the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature enhance the overall conference experience and will be recognized with a special acknowledgment in the printed program and online.

Past Conferences

For 50 years, our conference has celebrated top authors and illustrators from around the world.

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What Others Say

I love this conference! I always learn something and come away energized.

After a two-year absence from the conference, it was GREAT to be back! I am retired now but still LOVE to attend. It’s always inspiring to meet the authors and illustrators who are forever my HEROES!

Out of all the conferences I’ve attended, this one is the best! What other conferences is there a chance you will be on the elevator with an author/illustrator or even have one come to your table and sit down with you?

Past Conferences

For 50 years, our conference has celebrated top authors and illustrators from around the world.

2019 Keynote Speakers
  • Kwame Alexander
  • Ben Clanton
  • Alan Gratz
  • Pablo Cartaya
  • Aisha Saeed

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2018 Keynote Speakers
  • Kelly DiPucchio
  • Louis Sachar
  • Grace Lin
  • Laurel Snyder
  • Åse Marie Ommundsen

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2017 Keynote Speakers
  • David Biedrzycki
  • Natalie Lloyd
  • Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Kelly Bingham
  • Kathryn White

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2016 Keynote Speakers
  • Patricia McKissack
  • Eric Velasquez
  • Carmen Deedy
  • Michael Dooling
  • Alan Gratz

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2015 Keynote Speakers
  • Clare Vanderpool
  • Jennifer Sattler
  • Susan Nees
  • Shonto Begay
  • Mike Artell

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2014 Keynote Speakers
  • Jodi Moore
  • R. Gregory Christie
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Jennifer Holm

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2013 Keynote Speakers
  • Deborah Wiles
  • Angela Johnson
  • Molly Bang
  • Pat Mora
  • Amanda Knoll and Howard McWilliam
2012 Keynote Speakers
  • Mike Wimmer
  • Barbara O’Connor
  • Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Jody Feldman
  • Meghan McCarthy
2011 Keynote Speakers
  • Mary Downing Hahn
  • Alma Flor Ada
  • Gail Gibbons
  • M.T. Anderson
  • Karen Beaumont
  • Susan Liverpool
2010 Keynote Speakers
  • Margie Palatini
  • Kadir Nelson
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Robert Burleigh
  • Fred Newman

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