Saturday, August 21, 2010

Save the Dates for These Fall Literacy and Literature Events

Reading Is Fundamental Releases Results of Meta-Analytic Review
Shows Positive Effect of Book Distribution Programs on Education-Related Outcomes
Press Briefing to include in-depth review and discussion of the research on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 10:00-11:00 AM at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (529 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20045).
Reading Is Fundamental commissioned Learning Point Associates (an affiliate of American Institutes for Research) to conduct an intensive meta-analysis of research on education-related outcomes of children’s access to print materials. This near exhaustive study uncovered more than 11,000 research reports. After rigorous screening to determine inclusion in the full meta-analytic review, the final study included 108 reports of the most exacting data and topical relevance. Please contact Melissa Mills,, 202.536.3528, for more information.

National Book Festival
The 10th Annual National Book Festival, celebrating "A Decade of Words and Wonder," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The 2010 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festivalgoers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. Some 130,000 book fans attended the festival of 2009.  Read more about this year's book festival on the LOC's 2010 Book Festival website.

Exquisite Corpse Adventure Authors and Illustrators to Open the Book Festival in Children's Pavilion
Join emcee Mary Brigid Barrett and Team Corpse authors and illustrators M.T. Anderson, Timothy Basil Ering, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson,  and James Ransome for an hour of fun and surprises as they bring you the conclusion to the rollicking, episodic story The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, available exclusively at Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will read her episode that concludes this yearlong adventure that began at last year’s National Book Festival.

One-Day Colloquium at Simmons College
Join The Boston Globe–Horn Book Award–winning authors and illustrators, as well as their editors and the award judges, as they explore the unique collaborations that create children’s books.
Registration includes the full-day colloquium at Simmons College featuring speeches, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, as well as admittance to the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and reception on Friday evening, October 1. Learn more at:

Panelists will include: Rebecca Stead, Fiction winner; Elizabeth Partridge, Nonfiction winner; Laurel Croza and Matt James, Picture book winners; John Burningham, Picture book honor book; Peter Sís, Fiction honor book illustrator; and Megan Whalen Turner, Fiction honor book.

2010 Children's Literature Festival at Keene State College
Join other children's literature enthusiasts at this year's Keene State College Children's Literature Festival on Saturday, October 30 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Scheduled speakers at this year's festival will each give a one-hour presentation: Susan Cooper, Paul B. Janeczko, Marty Kelley, Chris Raschka, and Jeanette Winter. The authors' and illustrators' books will also be on sale throughout the day of the festival. Learn more at the Festival website.