University of Redlands

Call for Proposals

The Festival's mission is to carry on Charlotte Huck’s life work of bringing children and books together to develop readers who will find a lifetime of pleasure in reading good books. Focusing on children's literature for grades K-8, the Literature Festival features small group presentations by educators, librarians, authors, illustrators, editors, and scholars. There are sessions geared to the interests of primary grades, middle grades, librarians, parents, and aspiring writers.

We are looking for overviews of classroom activities such as an author, illustrator, or genre study; new books; family literacy programs; multicultural literature; library programs for babies through middle school; historical perspectives on children's literature; current trends, writing for children, social issues and children’s literature and more.

Proposals are due by Friday, October 13, 2023. 

Need an idea? For topics requested by past attendees, see below.


  • Writing with children; the writing process
  • How to collaborate (public librarians, school librarians and teachers)
  • Librarian networking
  • Storytelling in classrooms and libraries
  • Picture books for upper elementary
  • Chapter books for upper elementary
  • Books to stimulate middle school students to fall in love with reading
  • Diversity, multicultural literature, differently-abled in literature
  • Recognizing quality multicultural books and integrating those books into classroom curriculum
  • Women in literature and picture books
  • Middle school ideas for literature circles
  • Literature circle novel for struggling readers
  • Poetry relating to real-life struggles students may face
  • Ways to include poetry in the school setting
  • Getting children interested in poetry
  • Preschool books
  • Nonfiction offerings
  • Cross over fiction/nonfiction
  • Literature kids will love and will inspire them
  • Writing in response to literature
  • Historical perspectives
  • Useful and practical activities for the classroom, library, and home
  • Using mentor texts in teaching informational writing
  • Best new books of the past year
  • Recommended award-winning books
  • Using literature to help struggling writers
  • Writing for the international market
  • Sessions by editors and art directors
  • Read alouds for all ages
  • Drawing students into the story
  • Books for EL students
  • Using quality literature in the classroom
  • Paired fiction and non-fiction
  • Getting parents involved in literacy activities
  • Integrating content areas and literature
  • Integrating literature with the visual and/or performing arts
  • Nuts and bolts of writing and publishing
  • Traditional tales
  • Graphic novels
  • Middle grades
  • YA
  • Chapter books

Check back in late December for the breakout session schedule.