ALA Midwinter Meeting and the USBBY Membership Meeting Featuring Mitali Perkins

The American Library Association (ALA) 2011 Midwinter Meeting, starts tomorrow,  January 7th, and runs until January 11th  at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, USA. The event draws more than 10,000 leaders in the library and information industry for some 2,500 meetings and events! The 525 exhibits feature the latest in books, videos, computers and other materials and resources available to millions of library users. Non ALA members are welcome to attend and various admission rates are offered including daily and exhibit only.

If you are able to attend tomorrow(January 7th), don’t miss the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Membership Meeting featuring award winning author Mitali Perkins!  The session begins at 8pm with members of the  Outstanding International Children’s Books Committee discussing their selections for the 2011 list. Following this, award winning author Mitali Perkins will be speaking on “Mirrors or Windows? Five Questions to Ask About Children’s Books.”

Using her own life as a case study, Mitali will talk about how great stories serve as windows and mirrors for children of every cultural background. She’ll pose five questions to ask of books to see how well they reflect children on the margins of power. Discussion and questions are encouraged in this funny, authentic, and heartfelt presentation.

Mitali’s latest novel, Bamboo People, will be available for sale and signing following the program. For information about Mitali Perkins, visit Mitali’s Fire Escape. You do not have to be a USBBY member to attend this program. Everyone with an interest in children’s and young adult literature is welcome and encouraged to attend. Details are here.

P.S. Don’t forget to take a look at our 1,000th post, with the chance of winning a Spirit of PaperTigers 2010 book set…

4 Responses to “ALA Midwinter Meeting and the USBBY Membership Meeting Featuring Mitali Perkins”

  1. Pragmatic Mom Says:

    Funny coincidence. I just posted on Mitali Perkins recently. She lives in the same town as I do and she came to a book club for my 3rd grader and was FABULOUS! I am a HUGE fan of her work!

    This is a multi cultural post that would work for a children’s book club on her book, The Rickshaw Girl. The project was creating alpanas which are described in the book.

    My Teach Me Tuesday feature next week is on Burma and features Bamboo People!

    Pragmatic Mom

  2. Marjorie Says:

    Thank you for letting us know, Pragmatic Mom – we’ll definitely keep a look out for your post on Tuesday. You might enjoy this report from the Community Outreach section of our website too, about a day Mitali and her mother Madhusree Bose spent creating alpanas in a school in San Francisco.

  3. Myra Garces-Bacsal Says:

    Hello! I am so glad to take note of this. One of our GatheringBooks contributors, Fats, is based in San Diego (I met up with her Christmas day a few weeks back). Hopefully tomorrow is one of her off-days so that she can drop by in this event and perhaps write something about it on GB. =)