The Reading the World conference is open to the public, and is an exceptional conference for multicultural literature. There is always such a huge density of amazing authors and illustrators walking around and speaking, and the venue is so intimate, that you feel like you really get to know all the speakers as well as the other attendees. I love the palpable love of books that permeates the hallways like electricity.
The mission of the Reading the World conferences is:
"To create a forum welcoming scholars, students, authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, editors, book sellers and anyone interested in the field of literature for children and young adults. The main topic for this forum is the presentation, study, analysis and celebration of books of literary and artistic merit created for children adn young adults that present the human experience with respect for its multiplicity and diversity and that specifically promote un-learning biases and prejudice, counteracting racism and exclusion, fostering solidarityand respect for all human beings and protection of all living beings; books that question and address problems, that do not propose merely happy endings but responsible solutions, that in short, invite children and young adults to see themselves as protagonists of their own human experience and unite them to embrace it with trust, love and hope to contribute to the creation of a world of equality, justice and peace."
"Tan to Tamarind: Brown is Beautiful!"
Reading the World Conference
March 28-29, 2009
University of San Francisco School of Education
2350 Turk Blvd.
San Francisco, California