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Charlotte Zolotow Symposium:
Illuminating Experience

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Angie Thomas

benjamin alire saenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

candace fleming

Candace Fleming

Crescent Dragonwagon

Eric Rohmann

Javaka Steptoe

The CCBC established the annual Charlotte Zolotow Award and the annual Charlotte Zolotow lecture to honor UW Madison alumni and distinguished children’s book author and editor Charlotte Zolotow.

We’re celebrating more than 20 years of the award and lecture with a daylong symposium that pays tribute to Charlotte’s legacy. As a writer and editor, Charlotte was forward-thinking, insightful, and committed to exploring and illuminating the experiences of childhood and young adulthood with honesty and grace.  The same is true of our panel of speakers.

Charlotte’s daughter, author Crescent Dragonwagon, will reflect on Charlotte’s career to kick off an inspiring day. We hope you can join us at this daylong conference that will be held at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Reflections on Charlotte's work as an author (video)



Join other conference particpants in one of these librarian- or educator-led breakout sessions. (You'll indicate first, second and third choice when you register):

  • Read-Aloud Gems: Using Charlotte Zolotow Award Picture Books with Children

  • Digging Deeper: Diversity Representation in Recent Picture Books

  • Trading Up: Using Trade Books in the Elementary Writing Curriculum/Classroom

  • Across the Spectrum: LGBTQ Representation in Books for Children and Teens

  • Teachers Talk Books: How Teachers as Readers Support Middle and High School Students

  • From Weetzie Bat to The Hate U Give: Young Adult Literature Boundary Breakers

  • Engaged and Excited Readers: Running a Young Adult Book Club

  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Literacy: An Administrator’s Perspective


Small Group Book Discussions

Attendees will sign up for one of four book discussion groups:

  • Birth - Age 4
  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-6
  • Grades 7-12

Check out the reading list for each and make your choice when you register!


Registration is open!

$75 early bird ($100 after September 15); $35 student.


Location, Parking, Lodging

The conference will take place at the Pyle Center, located on the shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus (702 Langdon Street). Participants coming into town for the day can park in the nearby Lake Street ramp. Map and more information.

A block of rooms for Friday and Saturday evenings have been reserved at the nearby Lowell Center (one block away from conference location). A link to reserve a room is provided on the conference registration web site.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact KT Horning (608-263-3721). All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

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