Sixth Annual Children’s Literature Symposium to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to be held on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th.  This year, the Children’s Literature Symposium brings together presenters from across the United States and internationally who address the topic of “variants” in children’s and young adult literature and media: books with plots that build upon folklore or other previously written tales.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s symposium is Dr. Perry Nodelman: Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg; author of Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, The Pleasures of Children’s Literature (with co-author, Mavis Reimer), and The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to have a positive impact on a child’s educational future: reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean & Professor in the College of Education at USFSM.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium, offering insights to scholars and teachers, both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Registration includes light lunch, snacks/beverages on Friday, as well as continental breakfast, lunch, snacks/beverages throughout the day Saturday.  More information about the Children’s Literature Symposium can be found online at where online registration is also hosted.  Questions can also be directed to Diane Lewis in the College of Education at 941-359-4217.

The College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing those who enter the field of education as teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles in business, industry, and the non-profit sector related to education.  Our graduates are in demand throughout the state and region for their excellent preparation to impact learning.  The USF College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  To receive national accreditation, a college must meet the six NCATE standards.