University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Notable Books for K-8 Readers

Join the committee members who select the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts as they describe their processes in selecting award-winning books for K-8 readers. They will share some of their favorite 2017 books and provide book lists of recently awarded books. They will also be giving away a set of Notable Books at the session to participants.

Cynthia Alaniz

Cynthia Alaniz is an elementary school librarian in Coppell, Texas, and has worked as an elementary educator for over 25 years. She has an undying passion for reading books and children's literature.

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Jane Bean-Folkes

Jane Bean-Folkes is an assistant professor of literacy in the Education Department at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an avid reader of children’s books especially books on diverse and global literature....

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Christine Draper

Christine is an Instructional Designer at Nevada State College. She supports faculty and departments with course design, professional development, faculty learning communities, and more.

Pamela Jewett

Pamela is a children's literature enthusiast. Sharing quality children's literature with children, their families and teachers and introducing titles that open new worlds are paramount to her beliefs about how to bring children, reading and books together....

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Rebecca Leigh

S. Rebecca Leigh is Associate Professor of literacy in the Department of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She taught secondary English and French in the United States and Canada, where her love for the (authentic) free-write as a writing engagement for reclaiming voice and building identity truly developed....


Diana Porter

Diana Porter teaches various literacy courses, including Adolescent Literature and Resources, at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She attributes her lifelong love of children’s/adolescent literature to her parents who read to her, modeled reading in the home, and valued education....

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Holly Sims

Holly Sims is an instructor at Western Oregon University. She works with pre-service teachers and teaches courses in Children's Literature. She adores sharing books with others!

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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