Call for Proposals: The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the 2012 National Latino Children's Literature Conference to be held in Tuscaloosa, AL on March 29-30,2012. This exclusive conference was created for the purpose of promoting high-quality children's and young adult books about the Latino cultures and to offer a forum for librarians, educators, researchers, and students to openly discuss strategies for meeting the informational, educational, and literacy needs of Latino children and their families. Featuring nationally-acclaimed Latino literacy scholars and award-winning Latino authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books, this exclusive conference is truly an unforgettable experience.
Request for Proposals: In keeping with the recurring conference theme "Connecting Cultures & Celebrating Cuentos," we invite poster and program proposals that contribute to and extend existing knowledge in the following areas: Latino children's and young adult literature, bilingual education, Latino family involvement in the school curriculum, Latino cultural literacy, library services to Latino children and their families, literacy programs utilizing Latino children's literature, educational needs of Latino children, educational opportunities and collaborations with El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), Latino children's responses to culturally-responsive literature, social influences of children's media on Latino youth, Noche de Cuentos literacy programs in schools and libraries, and other related topics. Presentations and posters can share recent research or provide practical suggestions for current or preservice librarians and educators. The National Latino Children's Literature Conference is both a research and practitioner conference.
The deadline for proposal submissions is midnight December 15th, 2011 with notification of acceptance on or before January 9th, 2012. Registration for the conference begins December 1, 2011. Please visit the conference website ( http://www.latinochildlitconf.org/) for information about the past conference and a tentative schedule for the 2012 Conference. The website will be updated soon with information on the author keynotes.