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Celebrate Literacy Conference

Celebrate Literacy Conference

The conference is on as planned.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, February 9, 2018.  Registration is closed.

Celebrate Literacy Conference

 
 
 

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  • Donalyn Miller
  • Matt de la Peña

Michigan Authors and Illustrators:

  • Ryan Hipp
  • Kevin Kammeraad
  • John Mooy
  • Gary Schmidt
  • Lori Taylor
  • Nick van Frankenhuyzen
  • Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

Literacy Professionals:

  • Carrie Davies
  • Katie Lett
  • Bridget Rieth
  • Mary Ruge
  • Kurt Stroh
  • Shantel VanderGalien

Conference Schedule

Conference Details

  • THE CONFERENCE IS ON AS PLANNED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU TOMORROW!
  • REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
  • Date: February 9, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 Registration; 8:30 - 3:30 Program
  • Location: Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids Campus
  • Price: $125
  • THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

Attention

All registrations received after 5 p.m. on Friday, January 19 will attend keynote sessions in our overflow rooms which offer a simulcast of the keynote speaker.

Conference Features

  • Nationally-recognized speakers
  • Author/Illustrator panel
  • Professional networking
  • Lunch included
  • Door prizes
  • Book signings
  • Book sales

Keynote Speakers

Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller taught upper elementary and middle school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn co-founded the community blog, The Nerdy Book Club and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post. Donalyn serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach.

Donalyn Miller

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Matt de la Peña