Last weekend, I was privileged to speak at the tenth annual Wisconsin International Outreach Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration. Here's my summary of the event on twitter via hashtag #wioc, followed by some photos.
K. T. Horning taking us "Around the World in 80 Days." pic.twitter.com/BMnOHdjj
K. T. Horning discusses initial discomfort with Chinese-Americans sending kids to China in ONLY ONE YEAR | Andrea Cheng | @LeeandLow
Now that she understands the practice, she can share her love of ONLY ONE YEAR @LeeandLow
K. T. Horning raving about Francisco Stork's LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, a Don Quixote retelling.
Two picture books that sound great: THE MANGROVE TREE by Susan Roth set in Eritrea and RAIN SCHOOL by James Rumford set in Chad.
New multicultural fantasy for ages 11-14 set in Nigeria: AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking 2011).
Atinuke's THE NO. 1 CAR SPOTTER is a new chapter book series featuring a Nigerian boy. (The author, who is adorable, is here.)
K.T. Horning ends with praise for WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Durga Bernhard @charlesbridge, a book that travels the whole world.
Now storyteller Anne Pellowski is telling us a traditional tale from Turkey.
Pellowski mentions Bunko home-based libraries, apparently one of the finest social institutions in Japan. Anyone heard of it?
Drawing stories, where the teller draws and tells at the same time, ending with a surprise twist, are found throughout the world.
Another universal story genre is the "string story," told throughout the planet with a loop of string.
Sand stories are told by aboriginal women in Australia, a "mysterious and beautiful way to tell a story."
Handkerchief stories were told by old folks in Europe. pic.twitter.com/moJahDSw
Atinuke reading from her chapter book set in Nigeria, NUMBER ONE CAR SPOTTER: http://yfrog.com/j13ptz
My turn to speak at #wioc11. Yikes. Here goes.
|CCBC site, I'll share the link, I promise.|
|Anne Pellowski spoke next, demonstrating several different genres of global storytelling, including drawing stories, string stories, and handkerchief stories. She also introduced her passion — offering IBBY-affiliated workshops around the planet that empower local storytellers to create cloth storybooks in marginalized minority languages with no picture books.|
|Atinuke and I were the speakers during the afternoon sessions. I was entranced by Atinkuke's work and voice(s), and already posted a review of her newest series here on the Fire Escape.|
|Last but certainly not least, my friend Kashmira Sheth (BOYS WITHOUT NAMES) attended the conference and graciously hosted me to a delicious Afghani meal on State Street. Madison is a stimulating University town, and Kashmira's hospitality made it feel like a home away from home.|