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Presented by the UW Oshkosh
Center for Literacy Educators and Leaders

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual Conference

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Literacy Educators and Leaders will offer its annual Children’s Literature Conference designed for PK-12 teachers, literacy leaders, school administrators and librarians. The conference features four keynote presentations by authors of books for children and young adults. 

This conference is for adults. If you would like information on author presentations for children, please visit


Registration deadline extended to
Friday, Oct 29, 2021

$35 | UW Oshkosh Students
$49 | Literacy Professionals


Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Chains and Speak, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Pennsylvania, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.


Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. Right now you can read his debut middle grade novel Too Bright to See, A Storytelling of Ravens, When Aiden Became a Brother (which won the 2020 Stonewall Award!), the Max and Friends  series, and Explosion at the Poem Factory.

Kyle spent eight years as an elementary school librarian, but now he writes full time, assists in sensitivity readings and consultations, and presents on children’s and youth literature all across the country. He got hired at a bookstore when he was sixteen, which means he’s been working at the intersection of books and people for well over half his life.

Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press), her debut picture book as author-illustrator. She also the recipient of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Fry Bread: A Native American Story (Roaring Brook) and the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam).

Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Connecticut, with her husband and three children. 


Mary Lou Harris-Manske

Mary Lou Harris-Manske is  often known as the Book Lady. She and her husband, Ken, own the Book Look: A Children’s Book Store in Plover, Wisconsin. Mary Lou retired from the Stevens Point School District as the Reading Coordinator.  She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.