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Proposal for Reading Conference

ira-colorThis week I wrote a proposal to present a workshop at the International Reading Association‘s annual convention next April. The title I proposed is “Seeing is Believing: Photography in Nonfiction.” My decision to do this was prompted by several things. First, my recent blog exchange with Elaine Sloan (also known as Texas Librarian). Her explanation of the reading comprehension strategies she employed as she read Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator inspired me to read some of the current scholarship on early literacy. Check out Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller, Nonfiction Matters by Stephanie Harvey, and Strategies that Work by Harvey and Anne Goudvis.

Second, in discussions with other writers, my editor, and my publisher, I have come to understand that spreading the word about Wolfsnail’s potential for use in early literacy settings is part of my job as a published writer. But, more than that, I love being in discussions with librarians and teachers of young children. I have really enjoyed presenting sessions at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival for the last two years.

Third, I am interested in sharing the arts integration work I did this year in partnership with the second grade team at Davis Magnet IB World School and with participants in the 21st Century Schools program in Claiborne County, Miss. (where I’m from).

This is the first time I’ve written a proposal for a national conference; I recruited my editor and a friend who is an elementary school¬† librarian (with a gift for arts integration) as co-presenters. I’ll keep you posted on what happens.

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