2018 Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar


Our 41st Annual Seminar!

  • Friday, November 2, 2018
  • 9 am - 3:30 pm; check in beginning at 8 am
  • Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, 
  • 2251 Business Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Directions, GPS Location, Free Parking
  • Registration is required; Call 269-553-7804 for more information
  • New! Educators can earn SCECH (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) credits for attending!

Seminar Registration »  (registration is closed)

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn from the pros!


Meet The Authors free public event!

  • Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm
  • Central Library, 315 South Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Hear Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm speak about their work at this Meet the Authors event! Books will be for sale for signing by Bookbug. 

Meet the Authors is a free event and open to the public.

Choose to Read!

According to a recent study conducted by Scholastic, children across all age groups overwhelmingly agree that their favorite books—and the ones they are most likely to finish—are the ones they pick out themselves. Providing access to diverse reading materials is important, but allowing children to choose what books are right for them is equally important. Like adults, children have their own unique interests and, like adults, they should be allowed the freedom to explore those interests in the books they choose to read.

This year’s Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar is all about choice. If we allow children open access to all reading materials, they will Choose to Read! KPL is honored to welcome guest speakers Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the best-selling authors of the acclaimed Babymouse and Squish series. Jennifer and Matthew will speak about the importance of choice for youth and how they consider choice a priority in their writing. Other featured speakers include author and educator Dr. Ernest Morrell, and teacher, author and creator Colby Sharp.

Join us on Friday, November 2 to learn why choice matters, and how to prioritize choice when selecting reading materials for your students.

Books will be for sale by Bookbug.

New this year! 

Kalamazoo Public Library will provide curated book lists chosen by KPL Youth Staff and the partners of the Youth Literature Seminar committee will share their favorite books of 2018. There will also be giveaways, including an opportunity to win free books for your classroom!