Multicultural Kid Lit Happenings

1- Check regularly Paper Tigers’ calendar of worldwide multicultural kid lit events. This is an exhaustive list, that is updated every month. It’s a great resource.

2- The Society of Children’s Books Writers and IllustratorsSCBWI, has chapters around the world. What is happening in your region? In Hawai’i, Tokyo, Lebanon or Mexico? Check out SCBWI website and click on Regions < Regional Chapters; select the region you’re interested in for the list of events in that area. SCBWI also organizes two yearly international conferences: during the winter in New York; during the summer in Los Angeles.

3- Asian Festival of Children’s Content, in Singapore.
“The National Book Development Council of Singapore has been organising the highly popular Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference for the past ten years. Leveraging on the success of this event and in partnership with The Arts House, AFCC has emerged as a very popular professional and trade event since 2010. AFCC’s deliberations will impact 1.5 billion children in Asia and their parents the professionals and businesses involved in their development.”

4- Bologna Children’s Books Fair, in Italy.
“The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships, discover new business opportunities, discuss and debate the latest sector trends.”

Do you know of a multicultural event that will be helpful to writers and fans of multicultural kid lit? Let me know at nathalie.mvondo (at) yahoo.com and I’ll update this page. Thanks!

4 Responses to Multicultural Kid Lit Happenings

  1. Nathalie–it looks like the Emerson College Multicultural Writers Conference happened in April 2010–I looked it up because I thought it would fun–alas, it’s over. Here’s the link: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/5699824/MA/Boston/Voices-of-Diversity-Writers-Conference/Emerson-College

  2. Multi-cultural outreach, free program with Matt de la Pena, at Springville Public Library branch in Jefferson County, Alabama, October 12 at 2:30 pm.

    Also, the Children’s Literature Association conference next summer is focused on diversity in childrens’ books. More info at http://www.childlitassn.org/index.php?page=about&family=ops

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