Children's Literature Conference brings top names to Western Washington University


BELLINGHAM - Reduced early registration prices end next week for the annual Children's Literature Conference at Western Washington University.

The highly regarded event, now in its 11th year, features some of the top names in the field of children's and young adult writing and illustration, including several Newbery and Caldecott winners who will attend this year.

It's geared toward adults who are interested in the creative process or who are fans of the genre. Conference speakers will discuss their work and offer insights into their art, their writing and how they achieved success.

This year's conference is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Western Washington University.

Registration is $95 before Monday, Feb. 3; $125 afterward. Discounted rates are available for full-time college students, para-professionals and retired teachers. Discounted rates are available for groups of three or more who register by Feb. 3.

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Conference speakers for 2014 are:

-- Nic Bishop, writer and photographer of nature books and recipient of the 2011 American Library Association's Sibert Medal for Nonfiction for "Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Largest Parrot"; 2008 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for "Spiders"; and 2007 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo."

-- Jennifer Holm, author of "Babymouse" series of graphic-novels and recipient of Newbery Honor in 2011, 2007 and 2000 for "Turtle in Paradise," "Penny from Heaven," and "Our Only May Amelia."

-- Steve Sheinkin, a former textbook writer whose gripping "Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon" won the 2013 Sibert Award for Nonfiction, the 2013 Newbery Honor, the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and was a 2013 National Book Award finalist.

-- Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a writer and illustrator of the "Dog and Bear" series for beginning readers who earned a 2013 Caldecott Honor for "Green," a 2008 Caldecott Honor and 2008 Geisel Award for "First the Egg."

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