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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Literacy Educators and Leaders will present an exciting lineup of authors next month at the annual Children’s Literature Conference.

Set to take place virtually from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6,  the conference is designed to bring K-12 teachers, literacy leaders, school administrators and librarians together to enjoy four keynote presentations from authors of books for children and young adults.

Cathy Toll

According to center for literacy educators and leaders associate professor Cathy Toll, the conference features authors who write about important topics for children and adolescents.

This year’s lineup includes award-winning and best-selling authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Kyle Lukoff and Juana Martinez-Neal, with a special guest appearance by Mary Lou Harris-Manske.

“The authors were chosen because of their attention to social justice. Their books include characters from underrepresented groups and address social justice issues in age-appropriate ways,” Toll said.

The conference provides an opportunity for educators to interact with authors and learn about what they want students to extract from their work.

“The Center for Literacy Educators and Leaders offers this conference because we know that quality books are vital for children and adolescents,” Toll said. “Finding the right book can truly change a child’s life.”

The Children’s Literature Conference is for adults only. Registration for the event will end Oct 29. To register, visit the Children’s Literature Conference website or contact the Literacy and Language Department at or at (920) 424-4444 for more information.

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