Be a Presenter

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

Proposal Window: July 1 – October 1, 2017

Share your classroom practices, media center programs, community engagement, public library services, or research related to children’s and young adult (YA) literature.  The conference will be held at the Georgia Center in Athens, GA Friday and Saturday March 23-24, 2018. The small group sessions offer a great opportunity for sharing your passion and expertise in children’s and YA literature. 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.


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.


Call for Proposals Form (to be posted July 1, 2017)

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 1, 2017 via our online form.  If you experience any difficulties with our online proposal system, please contact

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