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Press Release Fun: USBBY at ALA

DON’T MISS . . .

For those of you attending the upcoming ALA meeting in New Orleans, don’t forget the ALA-USBBY co-sponsored session, “International Children´s Book Publishing: A Small Press Perspective,” on Saturday, June 25, 2011, 4:00 –5:30 pm, at the Morial Convention Center Room 277.

This session will feature a panel discussion of representatives from small, independent publishers speaking on issues relating to international children’s books: Patsy Aldana, publisher of Groundwood Books, Kira Lynn from Kane Miller Books, Ellen Myrick, marketing representative for Lemniscaat and North-South Books, and Victoria Rock, editor with Chronicle Books. There will also be displays of recent publications and marketing materials from other independent publishers of international children´s books.

Check out the following electronic resources with more information about the presenters and the publishers they represent.


For those of you unable to attend the IRA-USBBY co-sponsored session at the annual conference of the International Reading Association in Orlando, Florida, Pakistan-born Canadian author Rukhsana Khan offered a motivational presentation about “Engaging Learners through the Power of International Books.” She was sponsored by Groundwood Books, publisher of her book, Wanting Mor, one of the titles selected for the 2010 USBBY Outstanding International Books. To learn more about this outstanding author, her plenary session speech, “Freedom of Speech vs. Cultural Sensitivity: Balancing the right to create freely vs. the need of people to be respected” delivered at the 2008 IBBY Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark is available at

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.