Whittier College and Rio Hondo College Collaborate on Children’s Literature Conference

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Whittier College
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April 13, 2004
Reference: 03/04: 48
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

Whittier College and Rio Hondo College Collaborate on Children’s Literature Conference

          Amada Irma Perez, award-winning author of My Very Own Room and My Diary from Here to There, will be the keynote speaker at the Whittier College Children’s Literature Conference on campus, Saturday, April 24.
Participants will be able to choose from 20 breakout sessions on a wide range of reading and book-related topics, the Zilpha Keatley Snyder Award will be given to a teacher from the greater Whittier-Rio Hondo area who “excels in promoting the use of children’s literature in the classroom.”
The conference is being made possible by Title V funding from the U.S. Department of Education and is part of a jointly conceived project and collaboration with Rio Hondo College. The five-year cooperative Title V grant, Maximizing Teacher Education Through a Cooperative Seamless Path, began in October 2003 and seeks to prepare and cultivate teachers who are bilingual and bicultural, as well as to address the dramatic shortage of K-12 teachers at the local, state and national levels.

          Perez has been an educator, consultant and presenter for more than 25 years. She is an advocate of programs and workshops that encourage literacy and multicultural understanding. She has received the 2000 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award and the 2004 Pura Belpre Award for Latino/Latina writers.
Snyder is the author of 40 books, including the Newbery Award-winning The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid and the Witches of Worm. Her latest book is The Unseen, about a world beyond the human senses of taste, touch, smell, and hearing. Twelve-year old Xandra Hobson feels invisible in her large family, and takes refuge in the basement where she secretly nurses wounded animals back to health. When an injured bird disappears, leaving a single white feather behind, she embarks on the mysterious journey of The Unseen.
          A 1948 graduate of Whittier College, Snyder says she was first drawn to the concept for this book during her freshman year, when a professor said, “It might be possible that we are all constantly surrounded by entities and events of which we are completely unaware because of the limitations of our sense organs.”
The conference is open to community members, teachers and college students. The cost of the conference is $10, for those registered by Wednesday, April 22. There will be onsite registration at the conference for $20. To register, or for more information, call Millie Herrera in the Whittier College Department of Education at (562) 907-4248.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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