The mission of the Bank Street Writers Lab, founded in October 1937 by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, is to encourage the writing of children’s literature that shows an understanding and appreciation of the language of growing children, is aware of and responsive to children’s real and imagined worlds, and affirms the social and cultural heritage of every child. The Writers Lab achieves this by providing a supportive workshop haven where published authors can critique each other’s works-in-progress and encourage each other in their striving for excellence. This process aids members to create literary works that comprehend and respect the situations and dilemmas young children and adolescents face in today’s complex and multicultural world.
Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?
On Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Bank Street hosted our inaugural Writers Lab mini-conference, “Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?” with keynote speakers Dr. Perri Klass (Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor) and Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor–winning author-artist of First the Egg.
Schedule of Events
8:30 am - Arrive, register, get coffee
9:00-9:30 am - Dr. Perri Klass (Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor) - Opening keynote
9:30-10:15 am - "Creating Books for Early Childhood"
Susan Stires, Bank Street Graduate Faculty, Moderator
Amy Hest (Charley's First Night)
Robie Harris (Who Has What?)
Jean Marzollo (I Spy School)
Nina Crews (The Neighborhood Mother Goose)
10:15-10:45 am - "Jazz Mosaic: Ideas to Help You Bring Music into Your Classroom Every Day," led by Susan Milligan and Louise Rogers
10:45-11:15 am - Laura Vaccaro Seeger (First the Egg; Green) - Closing keynote
11:15 am-12:00 pm - Autographing