Be a Presenter

Be a Presenter at the 49th annual Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature

Proposal Window: July 1 – October 15, 2017 (extended from 10/1/17)

Conference Dates: March 23-24, 2018

Share your classroom practices, media center programs, community engagement, public library services, or research related to children’s and young adult (YA) literature!  The small group, breakout sessions offer a great opportunity for sharing your passion and expertise!

While your presentation subject matter must have a direct connection to children’s/YA literature, we are actively seeking both practitioner and research-based proposals in any of the following categories:

Children’s/YA Literature in the Classroom:  Showcasing ways in which children’s/YA literature is central to learning. Proposals might include

  • Developing genre studies, author studies, or other literary units of study
  • Integrating children’s/YA literature in the writing program, e.g., mentor texts
  • Learning through literature in science, math, social studies, music, or art
  • Incorporating literature as the foundation for teaching Common Core State Standards
  • Using new media/digital literacies to extend and enhance appreciation of children’s/YA literature

Children’s/YA Literature as Life Inspiration:  Demonstrating the power of children’s/YA literature in our personal lives, in our community, and in creating a more just society

  • Sharing children’s/YA literature in out-of-school settings
  • Developing enticing library/media programs
  • Creating service learning projects that involve children’s/YA literature
  • Exploring reader response to literature

Public Libraries and Children’s/YA Literature: Revealing innovative ways that public libraries promote children’s/YA literature to their local communities. Ideas may include, but are not limited to

  • Providing author/illustrator visits that engage children in reading and writing
  • Developing and sustaining community outreach
  • Facilitating book clubs or other on-going conversations about books
  • Promoting and incorporating the Georgia Children’s Picturebook and Book Award nominees in programming

Inquiry into Children’s/YA Literature:  Sharing research on children’s/YA literature itself as well as the incorporation of children’s/YA literature in any of the ways detailed in the categories enumerated on this page.

General: If you have a proposal that does not seem to fit one of these categories but is related to children’s or YA literature, send it to us.


Proposal Selection Process: After the proposal window closes, submissions are “blinded” (in which all identifying information is removed) and shared with at least two reviewers. Reviewers score each proposal for criteria including specificity, originality, relevance to the conference, quality of the writing, and usefulness/practicality for the audience. Reviews are then compiled to inform selection along with the conference organizers ensuring a balance of practitioner, research, grade/age level focus, topic, and sessions for various audiences (teachers, school media specialists, public librarians, researchers, etc…). Due to space and schedule limitations, we are unable to accept all proposals. In addition, though we welcome multiple submissions from the same presenter(s), acceptance per presenter is typically limited to one session.


Sample Proposals: For your convenience, sample proposals accepted for past conferences are provided. If you would like to view the format and content of these proposals, click here.


Submit a Proposal!

Call for Proposals Form (click here)

We invite teachers, media specialists, public librarians, children and young adult literature and literacy scholars, and others with expertise in children’s and young adult’s literature to submit their proposals by 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2017 (extended from 10/1/17) via our online form above.  If you experience any difficulties with our online proposal system, please contact gcba@uga.edu.

  • NOTE: Acceptance notification will be sent by early December, 2017. If accepted, all presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the conference (including registration cost) by the early registration deadline (date TBD)  in order to be included on the program and present at the conference.