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Highlights from the 2010 Colloquium

A Unique Event

On October 2, 2010, the Horn Book and Simmons College hosted a unique event for librarians and children’s literature professionals."The Horn Book at Simmons" was a one-day colloquium discussing and celebrating the 2010 class of Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients.

Overview | Schedule | Testimonials | Photos


Registration fee included
Full-day colloquium at Simmons College featuring speeches, breakout sessions, panel discussions
        led by award-winning authors and illustrators, renowned editors and critics, and some of the
        leading academics in the field
      If requested, continuing education credits and/or Massachusetts PDPs
     • Admittance to the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and reception
     • Inspiration that comes from connecting with peers and colleagues

The theme of the day was collaboration
How authors work with illustrators
     • How an author and editor collaborate to bring a manuscript to completion
     • How prize committees work together to make their choices
     • How authors and artists collaborate, implicitly and explicitly, with young readers
     • How librarians bring young people and books together

Speakers included
      Elizabeth Partridge, Nonfiction winner
      Rebecca Stead, Fiction winner, with her editor, Wendy Lamb
      Laurel Croza and Matt James, Picture book winners
      John Burningham, Picture book honor book
      Peter Sís, Fiction honor book illustrator
     • Megan Whalen Turner, Fiction honor book
     • Raina Telgemeier, Nonfiction honor book
     • Martha V. Parravano, executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine
Julie Just, children’s books editor of The New York Times
     • Helen Oxenbury, author and illustrator
     • Megan Lambert, Horn Book columnist and Instructor, Children's Literature, Simmons College
     • Kelly Hager,associate professor, English and Women's and Gender Studies, Simmons College
     • Amy Pattee, associate professor, Library and Information Sciences, Simmons College
     • Melanie Kimball, associate professor, Library and Information Sciences, Simmons College
     • Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book Magazine and Guide
     • Susan Marston, editorial director of Junior Library Guild
     • Cathryn Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College


8:30 Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 "Moderating an Editorial Partnership"    Roger Sutton, Wendy Lamb, Rebecca Stead
10:00 Elizabeth Partridge presentation

Breakout Sessions:
Kelly Hager, “Slip Slidin’ Away: Reading and Teaching When You Reach Me as a
      Slipstream Novel”
Amy Pattee:  "Reaching, Dreaming, and Conspiring:  Reading, Recommending and
      Talking About the BGHB Fiction Winners” 
Melanie Kimball:  “Just the Facts, Ma'am: The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and
      Nonfiction for Children” 
Megan Lambert:  “Reading with Children: Words, Pictures and Design in
      Co-constructive Storytimes”
Martha Parravano and Julie Just:  “Inside the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards”
Robin Brenner, Susa, Marston, and Raina Telgemeier:  "A Graphic Conversation"

12:00 Lunch
1:00 "Discussing Picturebooks"   Helen Oxenbury, John Burningham, Laurel Croza, Matt James, Peter Sís, Roger Sutton
2:00 Breakouts #2: Repeat above

Megan Whalen Turner presentation

4:00  Closing remarks

Taken from the conference evaluations

“An amazing roster of speakers, but I also love the opportunity to interact with so many other like-minded individuals who clearly love children's lit.”

“Great speakers, a lovely combination of critical thought and practice.”

“...excellent speakers and a chance to put theory into practice!”

“I loved meeting new colleagues, the group sessions were fantastic, and I appreciated the opportunity to learn and grow professionally — it was great!”

“...the camaraderie of sharing the day with so many wonderful people in the field.”

Photos from the Awards ceremony and the colloquium

Nonfiction winner Betsy Partridge

Laurel Croza and Matt James, picture book winners

Fiction winner Rebecca Stead and her editor, Wendy Lamb

Peter Sis, illustrator of The Dreamer, which was a BGHB honor book for fiction

Picture-book royalty, Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham

Next year's BGHB chair Jen Brabander with Raina Telgemeier and her husband Dave Roman

Fiction winner, Megan Whalen Turner

Judge Gregory Maguire presents the picture books

Judges Julie Just and Martha Parravano tell all

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