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Artist Spotlight: Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a riot. In person and on the page. His joy for children’s literature—and for the process of creating children’s literature—could make a book lover out of a reading curmudgeon (not that we have any of those in CCIRA). He is so tapped into what is funny and what is true for kids. Mac has a reverence for the picture book as art form that makes him a perfect fit with our theme, Literacy Renaissance: Invention, Intention, and Close Study. 


Artist Spotight: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Olugbemisola’s experience growing up as a child of immigrants and a voracious reader has had a powerful influence on her writing life (and her life life). She has been a strong proponent of the #weneeddiversebooks movement on social media and in her work with educators and kids.


Artist Spotlight: Kylene Beers and Bob Probst

Kylene Beers and Bob Probst have a new book out called Disrupting Thinking: Why How we Read Matters. They tackle issues of reading engagement and building a literate citizenship by shifting the expectations readers have for themselves.


Artist Spotlight: Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction, a self-proclaimed “seeker of lost stories.” Her first three Young Adult novels, Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea differ dramatically in their settings: aboard a train from Lithuania to Siberia in 1941, the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950, and the coast of East Prussia in 1945.


artist spotlight: Meenoo Rami

Authentic, collaborative, and highly engaged. Those are three characteristics to describe Meenoo Rami, another incredible speaker who will be featured at the 2018 CCIRA Conference. 


Artist Spotlight: John Schumacher

Meet Mr. Schu: “Xtreme Librarian” and Invited Speaker for the 2018 CCIRA Conference. If you are a CCIRA enthusiast, you’re probably already wondering who will be at the 2018 Conference. . . Here’s a sneak peek of an invited speaker who is new to our conference—a true representative of the DaVinci-inspired educator at the heart of Literacy Renaissance: Invention, Intention, and Close Study.


Artist Spotlight: Kristine Mraz

Kristine Mraz is a kindergarten teacher and author whose joyfulness for teaching our youngest learners is palpable. She is the perfect example of a modern day DaVinci educator—fascinated by the way kids think, determined to discover the most effective ways of engaging and growing minds. She appreciates what makes kindergarteners tick, and she strives to design the magical learning experiences that our students deserve.