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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 two-day conference at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel and is organized by the Department of Language and Literacy Education.

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

Banner image by Grace Lin.

Thanks to our annual sponsors

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Upcoming Dates

23 March 2018

2018 Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

This will be our 49th year of celebrating the writing, illustrating, and use of books for children.

1 April 2018

Public Nominations Begin for 2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Awards Consideration

Nominations open for the 2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Awards.

Download the Draft Program and Meet Our Speakers

Plan your time at this year's conference and learn more about our award-winning speakers.

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Submit your Presentation

Please use our online form to submit your proposal. You may also view accepted proposals from previous years to get a sense of formatting and content.


You can register online through the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.

Be an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Exhibitors at the Conference on Children's Literature have the opportunity to meet educators, media specialists, faculty and children's literature enthusiasts from across Georgia. We also invite you to be a sponsor.

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.

2017 Keynote Speakers

  • David Biedrzycki
  • Natalie Lloyd
  • Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Kelly Bingham
  • Kathryn White

Download the 2017 conference program

2016 Keynote Speakers

  • Patricia McKissack
  • Eric Velasquez
  • Carmen Deedy
  • Michael Dooling
  • Alan Gratz

Download the 2016 conference program

2015 Keynote Speakers

  • Clare Vanderpool
  • Jennifer Sattler
  • Susan Nees
  • Shonto Begay
  • Mike Artell

Download the 2015 conference program

2014 Keynote Speakers

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

Download the 2014 conference program

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