NOTE: Central Library will open at 10 am on Tuesday, May 24 (one hour later than usual). Normal open hours otherwise.

Youth Literature Seminar History

Authors and speakers from previous seminars

2014

Todd Parr (author/illustrator) - It's Ok to Read
Ed Spicer (teacher)
Dr. Mary Bigler (EMU professor)

2013

Ally Condie (author) - Breakthrough
Michael Cart (writer, lecturer, consultant)
Robin Brenner (Massachusetts Teen Librarian)
Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan (book reviewers)

2012

Robert Sabuda (author, paper engineer) - Art of the Pop-Up Book
Jeff Abshear (founder and director, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center)
Maria Pérez-Stable and Beth Amidon (educators) 

2011

Holly Black (author) - On the Edge: Reading, Teens, Transformation
Eli Neiburger (IT associate director, author) - Text, Tech & Teens in This Century
Barry Goldblatt (publisher) - Content and Changes
Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan

2010

Cynthia Leitich Smith (author) - Crossing Borders in Native Fiction
Debbie Reese (author, instructor)
Gillian Engberg (managing editor) - Me, You, Us: Breaking Down Borders with Books for Kids
Maria Pérez-Stable and Beth Amidon (educators)

2009

Lisa McMann (author) - I Want To Believe
James A. Owen (illustrator, storyteller, author) - Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice

2008

Kadir Nelson (artist, illustrator, author) - Picture Books for the Ages
Sharon Flake and Angela Johnson (authors) - Teens on Track

2007

Paul O. Zelinksy and Steven Kellogg (authors/illustrators) - Books Tell the Story
John Green and M.T. Anderson (authors) - Guys Read, Too!

2006

Pat Mora (author) - Share Bookjoy!
Ron Koertge and Sonya Sones (authors) - All Teens Read

2005

Denise Fleming (author/artist) - Step Into the Picture
Laurie Halse Anderson and Terry Trueman (authors) - Hearing the Silent Scream: Detecting Teens in Distress

2004

Wong Herbert Yee (author/illustrator) - Stories for Our Eyes
Jacqueline Woodson (author) - Igniting Teen Activism in a Diverse World

2003

Kate DiCamillo (author) - The Story of Story and Me
Chris Crutcher (author) - Turning Real Life into Fiction

2002

Naomi Shihab Nye (author & poet) - Poetry, Peace and Unity

2001

Gloria Whelan and Janie Lynn Panagopoulos (authors) - Journey Through Michigan

2000

Patricia Lee Gauch (author/editor), Judith St. George (author), and David Small (author/illustrator) - So You Want to Make a Book

1999

José-Luis Orozco (storyteller/musician) - Lyrical Learning

1998

Rafe Martin (author/storyteller) - A Storyteller’s Tale

1997

Jerry (illustrator), Gloria Jean (author), and Brian (author/illustrator) - Pinkney In the Family Tradition

1996

Christopher Paul Curtis and Carol Fenner (authors) - The Writing Life: Michigan’s 1996 Newbery Connection

1995

Miriam Bat-Ami (author), Wendy Anderson Halperin (author/illustrator), and Ellen Howard (author) - Many Voices, Many Visions

1994

Floyd Cooper (illustrator) - Painting Backwards: A Visit with Floyd Cooper

1993

Patricia Polacco (author/illustrator) - Growing Up in a Multicultural World

1992

Richard Brown (photographer) and Joan Donaldson (author) - The Life of the Child in the 1830s

1991

David Small (author/illustrator) and Sarah Stewart (author) - A Creative Partnership

1990

Jack Prelutsky (poet) - A Poetry Celebration

1989

Julius Lester (author) - The Author as Storyteller

1988

Jerry Pinkney (illustrator) - Personal Vision

1987

Rikki Levinson (author) - How a Book Is Made
Patricia Lee Gauch (author/editor) - This Time

1986

Tasha Tudor (author/illustrator) - A Day with Tasha Tudor

1985

David Small (author/illustrator) - The Christmas Box

1984

David Small (author/illustrator) and Burr Tillstrom (puppeteer) - A Day with Burr Tillstrom and His Friend David Small

1983

Steven Kellogg (author/illustrator) - The Art of the Picture Book

1982

Anne Pellowski and John Langstaff (storytellers) - World of Storytelling

1981

George Latshaw (puppeteer) and Spencer Shaw - Animating Images: The Power of the Puppeteer

1980

Mort Schindel (animator from Weston Woods) - Putting Children’s Literature in Motion

1979

Annie Geiger (storyteller) and Carol Fenner (author) - Magic Carpet Ride

1978

Caroline Feller Bauer (storyteller) - Creative Ways to Introduce Literature to Children