Children’s Literature Association comes to Fresno in 2004


The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno, will host the 31st annual conference of the Children's Literature Association from June 10-12, 2004, on the Fresno State campus.  The conference theme is “Dreams and Visions."  About 200 people will travel to Fresno for this conference and local people are also invited.  Optional university credit will be available.  Information and an online registration form are available at the Web site of the Children's Literature Association at


Conference speakers will include Richard Peck, winner of the Newbery medal for A Year Down Yonder; Pam Muñoz Ryan, winner of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel Esperanza Rising; and British author Berlie Doherty, whose novel White Peak Farm will win the 2004 Phoenix award at the conference banquet.  The Phoenix Award is given twenty years after publication to the author of a book for children published originally in English that did not win a major award when it first appeared.  White Peak Farm has recently been republished in England as Jeannie of White Peak Farm.


Michael Cart, librarian, writer, lecturer, consultant, critic, and national expert in children's and young adult literature, will deliver the Francelia Butler Plenary Lecture.  The invitation to give this lecture is issued annually to a prominent literary critic who specializes in children's literature.  The lecture is named in honor of one of the founders of the Children's Literature Association.  Mr. Cart's latest publication is Rush Hour, a literary magazine for young adults; the theme of the first issue is "Sin."


Conference plans include a sunset picnic in a beautiful garden overlooking the vineyards and orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, a presentation on Finnish children's literature in honor of Arne Nixon's heritage, a talk by Sophia Jansson (Tove Jansson's niece), a display of Finnish books, an exhibition of collector Pamela Harer's Picture Books from Between the Wars, a reception sponsored by ANCA (the Arne Nixon Center Advocates), and an Oz panel discussion.  Full conference and one-day registrations will be offered and banquet tickets will be available separately if space allows.  Special rates are available for students.  Optional university credit is available.


The Piccadilly Inn-University, just across the street from the campus, will be the site of some conference meetings.  The hotel will offer a special rate to conference attendees of $84, single or double.  For reservations, call (559) 224-4200.  Early reservations are essential.  A limited number of dormitory rooms are also available on campus for $30 per night for a single room or $20 per person per night in a double room.


Registration forms are also available in the Arne Nixon Center.  For more information, contact the Center by E-mail at [log in to unmask] or call (559) 278-8116.