25th Annual Reading Round-Up of Children’s and Young Adult (YA) Literature Augusta Civic Center, Thursday, April 10th, 2014

  • Date: Thursday, April 10th, 2014
  • Location: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
  • Cost: $75 includes lunch
  • Theme: “Children’s Literature: Past, Present and Future.”
  • Registration: Register online

Anita Silvey, renowned author, editor, and literary critic will be the keynote speaker. Ms Silvey has written and spoken widely about children’s literature and recently published Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac.


7:45 - 8:15 Registration, Hospitality, Book sales, Exhibits
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome
8:30 - 9:30 Keynote:  Anita Silvey – Everything We Need to Know We Learned from Children’s Books Past and Present"
9:30 - 9:45 Break/passing time
9:45 - 10:45 Workshop Session 1

  1. Finding the Best Books for Young Readers: The Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac –Anita Silvey. How do you find the books that children will love and remember into their adult years?  The Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac, online and in print, allows you to read about one great book every day.  In this illustrated lecture, Anita Silvey presents new and old beloved books and ideas to tie them to every day of the year.        
  2. Twenty-five Years of Maine Children's Books – Lynn Plourde. Join Maine’s own Lynn Plourde for a retrospective look at the past 25 years of Maine children's books and their creators, including winners of the Lupine Award, Katahdin Award, and Maine’s Caldecott and Newbery Honor winners. This session will also look back at those who laid the foundation for today's Maine children’s and YA book creators and raise questions about what the future of Maine children's books might look like.               
  3. Cream of the Crop Books, Ages Pre K-5 Sybil Shiland, Patty Temple, Kris Zuidema. A review of the outstanding 2013 books from the Maine Examination Collection. 
  4. Apps & Interactive E-Books – Is the Future of Reading Now? Vicky Smith. Apple's iPad tablet was introduced almost exactly four years ago.  At the time it promised to revolutionize the experience of reading.  How has it delivered on that promise?  Vicky Smith, Children's & Teen Editor of Kirkus Reviews, has overseen the review of more than 500 apps and interactive e-books.  She will give an overview of the world of interactive, electronic reading as it has developed and make some forecasts as to its future.                 
  5. Creating Graphic Novels – Rick Parker and Lisa Trusiani. Ever wonder how those great graphic novels get created? Join Rick Parker and Lisa Trusiani as they share their experiences writing, storyboarding, and drawing for the comics and graphic novel industry in this tag-team presentation.           
  6. Creative Reading Strategies – John Holdridge.  This workshop will explore active reading strategies designed to make reading aloud a collaborative and creative process.  Together we will explore call and response, creative choral reading, jazz reading, and freeze reading anchored in one of the winners of the Maine Student Book Awards.        

10:45 - 11:15 Book Sales/Author Signings/YSS

 11:15 - 12:15 Workshop Session 2

  1. Maine’s Place in Children’s Literature – Melanie Mohney. Melanie Mohney, reference librarian at the Maine State Library, will present a workshop based on materials in the Maine State Library’s Maine Author Collection and show how this special collection reflects on Maine’s far-reaching connection to literature for children.
  2. Maine Author Panel: “The Past, Present, and Future in Children's Literature.” Three New England authors will discuss how they approach writing historical, contemporary, and futuristic fiction. Panelists: Lea Wait, author of numerous works of historical fiction including her latest, Uncertain Glory, a Civil War novel for middle graders set in Wiscasset; Ammi Joan-Paquette, an agent and author who writes for multiple age groups, whose futuristic YA novel Paradox was released last summer; and Sashi Kaufman, a middle school teacher in Scarborough, whose debut YA contemporary, The Other Way Around was just published.        
  3. Cream of the Crop Books, grades 6-12 Sheila Dube, Danielle Grady, Lauren Isele, Nina Sachs. A review of the outstanding 2013 books from the Maine Examination Collection.   
  4. Get the Parents Involved! Parent-Child Literacy Workshops – Rachel Davis. Instead of providing programs for children with the parents tagging along, why not make parents an integral part of the program,  giving them tools they can use to develop their young child’s literacy skills at home?  Rachel Davis will present two successful parent-child workshops from Thomas Memorial Library that you can reproduce at your own library: a Felt Board Workshop and a Story Book Workshop.      
  5. Water Maine – Amy Denecker, Jeff  Riddle and Sarah Plummer.  Authentic learning, community collaboration, and information literacy are at the heart of “Water Maine”, a newly published book created as a teaching tool for the Portland Water District by students at Windham High School.  Join Jeff Riddle, Earth Science teacher, his students, librarians Amy Denecker and Dorothy Hall-Riddle, and Sarah Plummer of the Portland Water District  to learn how we developed, implemented, and found community partners to create this learning opportunity for students.    
  6. Engaging Reluctant Readers – Shannon Shanning and Tamra Wight.  Shannon and Tamra will conduct a workshop on how to motivate reluctant readers based on their own experiences in the classroom. Using insight from teachers on the front line, as well as from the reluctant readers themselves.  This workshop will focus on how students, teachers and librarians and authors can work together to shift the mindset of the reluctant reader. 

12:15 - 1:00 Luncheon

1:00 - 1:45 Awards – Lupine & MSBA

1:45 - 2:15 Book Sales and Signing

2:15 - 3:15 Workshop Session 3

  1. Maine’s Lupine Award 25 Years:  a retrospective – Jill Hooper and Toby Rosenberg. Did you know that the Lupine Award is also celebrating its 25th anniversary? In this workshop, Jill Hooper, member of this year’s Lupine Committee, will share the history of the Lupine Award, and a display of past winners .  This 25-year retrospective will celebrate all things Lupine, including a chance to hear from Toby Rosenberg, the artist who makes those beautiful Lupine platters.   If you have ever enjoyed a Lupine Book, ordered them for you library, or purchased one as a special gift, you’ll want to attend this workshop. Come help us celebrate 25 years of Lupine. 
  2. Challenging Our Readers with the Common Core – Kathy George and Julie Purdy. Reading is at the heart of the Common Core Standards, and much of the emphasis is on informational reading in the content areas. Who better than librarians to collaborate with teachers to identify both literature and informational texts to challenge our readers in the content areas! In this session, we will offer a wide variety of reading material- from classics to new releases, from picture books to adult fiction and non-fiction that will both challenge the reader and meet the curriculum requirements.
  3. I’m Your Neighbor: Portland’s Multicultural Program – Kirsten Cappy. Kirsten will present a program based on her successful grant-funded program on the immigrant experience.  This year Portland, Maine kicked off a year-long, community-wide read of books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities.  The readings include nine Maine immigration picture books, novels, and biography collections around the themes of Journeys, Home, Tradition, and Neighbors.   
  4. Reading Rescue: Reaching Readers where they live, learn and play!  Lori Littlefield and Melanie Coombs. Lori Littlefield from MSAD #58 and Melanie Coombs from Farmington Public Library will present a program on their successful summer mobile outreach program, Reading Rescue.  They will discuss the program and the collaborations and partnerships they formed to make it happen. Participants will also have a chance to visit the Reading Rescue rig in the parking lot.                
  5. E-Reading in the Now: Connecting Readers with E-Literature.  Jared Leadbetter.  E-Readers and e-reading are no longer a thing of the future, they're in the present! Librarians are increasingly being asked to accommodate the demand for instant access while also providing education on how to use devices to access digital media. Jared Leadbetter, technology consultant at the Maine State Library, will provide a basic understanding of e-books and other digital media, as well as giving a look at a cross-section of the e-readers and tablets on the market today.  
  6. Slipstream: Dip Your Toes in, Wade and Play with Literary Dollhouses!  Erin Mawn. When reading a beloved children’s classic like Charlotte’s Web or the Little House books, did you ever try to imagine what the buildings in the stories really looked like? York Middle School librarian Erin Mawn does!  She creates literary dollhouses and shares them with readers, librarians, and teachers - inviting them to play with classic stories in new ways.  Join Erin and discover ways to go beyond the mainstream text into 'slipstream' text to explore and play with classic children’s literature.            

3:15 - 4:00 MUSICAL WRAP UP/Cookies: Storytime with Jud Caswell and Rachel Davis. Enjoy a cookie while singer/songwriter Jud Caswell entertains us with his Musical Story Hour which he presents monthly at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. Jud will read favorite books, assisted by Thomas Memorial Library Children's Librarian Rachel Davis, and accompanied by his guitar, banjo and other instruments.  The audience will also get a chance to sing and play musical games.

Conference Committee

Meg Blakemore, Kennebunk; Deborah Clark, Southern Maine Library District; Debbie Cleveland, Auburn Public Library; Sam Cote, Winslow Public Library, Patti Francis, Pownal Elementary School; Pam Goucher, Freeport; Dorothy Hall Riddle, New Gloucester; Lynn Howker, Monmouth Middle School; Liz McMahon, Messalonskee Middle School; Laurel Parker, Windham Public Library; Dawn Thistle, Vassalboro Public Library and Gardiner Public Library


76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME (207) 626-2405. Take I-95 Exit 112 (Civic Center). At Civic Center sign, turn right into the complex. About 100 yards from the sign, bear right past the Holiday Inn/Ground Round Restaurant to Civic Center. Use North Wing entrance.


$75 payment must be received to guarantee space. This conference usually sells out quickly so do not delay Mailing check. NO PURCHASE ORDERS. Fee includes lunch (buffet style with vegetarian choices).  Please confirm with your administration and/or your business office that you will in fact be allowed to attend Reading Round Up because there will be NO REFUNDS after March 1, 2014; a large number of refund requests puts a strain on Maine State Library resources, and impacts our conference planning.

Make check payable to PPL/SMLD and mail to: Elaine Bissonnette, Southern Maine Library District, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101.  Please include your name with check so we register the correct person.

Book Sales & Signings

Copies of presenters and award winning books will be available for purchase. We respectfully ask that you not bring personal copies for signing. Participants may purchase books during registration 7:45 – 8:15, and at all breaks.

Contact Hours

The Maine State Library no longer issues CEU’s (Continuing Education Units), but you can print a certificate of attendance after the conference. You will be given a link to fill out a survey online and once you submit the survey, you will be directed to the certificate. 


Will be sent via email when you register and when payment is received.


Elaine Bissonnette, 871-1766 or elaine.m.bissonnette@maine.gov. Please call Elaine immediately if an emergency prevents your attendance so we can fill your space from the waiting list.

Bad Weather Policy

Call 871-1766 for answering machine message after 6:00 a.m. on April 10 or call the Civic Center at 626-2405. No snow date and no refunds if event is held.


We reserve the right to cancel the conference and/or
individual workshops if minimum registration is not met.