Youth Literature Seminar History

Authors and speakers featured during previous seminars

2015: “Mirrors & Windows”

Jacqueline Woodson (author)
Kathleen T. Horning (educator)
Jason Reynolds (author)

2014: “It’s Ok to Read”

Todd Parr (author/illustrator)
Ed Spicer (teacher)
Dr. Mary Bigler (EMU professor)

2013: “Breakthrough”

Ally Condie (author)
Michael Cart (writer, lecturer, consultant)
Robin Brenner (Massachusetts Teen Librarian)
Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan (book reviewers)

2012: “Art of the Pop-Up Book”

Robert Sabuda (author, paper engineer)
Jeff Abshear (founder and director, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center)
Maria Pérez-Stable and Beth Amidon (educators) 

2011 

Holly Black (author) “On the Edge: Reading, Teens, Transformation”
Eli Neiburger (IT associate director, author) “Text, Tech & Teens in This Century”
Barry Goldblatt (publisher) “Content and Changes”
Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan (book reviewers)

2010 

Cynthia Leitich Smith (author) “Crossing Borders in Native Fiction”
Debbie Reese (author, instructor)
Gillian Engberg (managing editor) “Me, You, Us: Breaking Down Borders with Books for Kids”
Maria Pérez-Stable and Beth Amidon (educators)

2009 

Lisa McMann (author) “I Want To Believe”
James A. Owen (illustrator, storyteller, author) “Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice”

2008

Kadir Nelson (artist, illustrator, author) “Picture Books for the Ages”
Sharon Flake and Angela Johnson (authors) “Teens on Track”

2007

Paul O. Zelinksy and Steven Kellogg (authors/illustrators) “Books Tell the Story”
John Green and M.T. Anderson (authors) “Guys Read, Too!”

2006

Pat Mora (author) “Share Bookjoy!”
Ron Koertge and Sonya Sones (authors) “All Teens Read”

2005

Denise Fleming (author/artist) “Step Into the Picture”
Laurie Halse Anderson and Terry Trueman (authors) - Hearing the Silent Scream: Detecting Teens in Distress

2004

Wong Herbert Yee (author/illustrator) “Stories for Our Eyes”
Jacqueline Woodson (author) “Igniting Teen Activism in a Diverse World”

2003

Kate DiCamillo (author) “The Story of Story and Me”
Chris Crutcher (author) “Turning Real Life into Fiction”

2002

Naomi Shihab Nye (author & poet) “Poetry, Peace and Unity”

2001

Gloria Whelan and Janie Lynn Panagopoulos (authors) “Journey Through Michigan”

2000

Patricia Lee Gauch (author/editor), Judith St. George (author), and David Small (author/illustrator) “So You Want to Make a Book”

1999

José-Luis Orozco (storyteller/musician) “Lyrical Learning”

1998

Rafe Martin (author/storyteller) “A Storyteller’s Tale”

1997

Jerry (illustrator), Gloria Jean (author), and Brian (author/illustrator) “Pinkney In the Family Tradition”

1996

Christopher Paul Curtis and Carol Fenner (authors) “The Writing Life: Michigan’s 1996 Newbery Connection”

1995

Miriam Bat-Ami (author), Wendy Anderson Halperin (author/illustrator), and Ellen Howard (author) “Many Voices, Many Visions”

1994

Floyd Cooper (illustrator) - Painting Backwards: A Visit with Floyd Cooper

1993

Patricia Polacco (author/illustrator) “Growing Up in a Multicultural World”

1992

Richard Brown (photographer) and Joan Donaldson (author) “The Life of the Child in the 1830s”

1991

David Small (author/illustrator) and Sarah Stewart (author) “A Creative Partnership”

1990

Jack Prelutsky (poet) “A Poetry Celebration”

1989

Julius Lester (author) “The Author as Storyteller”

1988

Jerry Pinkney (illustrator) “Personal Vision”

1987

Rikki Levinson (author) “How a Book Is Made”
Patricia Lee Gauch (author/editor) “This Time”

1986

Tasha Tudor (author/illustrator) “A Day with Tasha Tudor”

1985

David Small (author/illustrator) “The Christmas Box”

1984

David Small (author/illustrator) and Burr Tillstrom (puppeteer) “A Day with Burr Tillstrom and His Friend David Small”

1983

Steven Kellogg (author/illustrator) “The Art of the Picture Book”

1982

Anne Pellowski and John Langstaff (storytellers) “World of Storytelling”

1981

George Latshaw (puppeteer) and Spencer Shaw “Animating Images: The Power of the Puppeteer”

1980

Mort Schindel (animator from Weston Woods) “Putting Children’s Literature in Motion”

1979

Annie Geiger (storyteller) and Carol Fenner (author) “Magic Carpet Ride”

1978

Caroline Feller Bauer (storyteller) - Creative Ways to Introduce Literature to Children