Focus on Quality Content for the Classroom at 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference

May 20, 2016  |  By Stacey Pusey

Sally Isaacs, Co-chair, 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference, spoke with the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group about the conference and why education has become an integral theme of the event.

How is education represented at the conference, and why is it important?

This conference is a unique opportunity for everyone involved in children’s nonfiction – publishers, writers, illustrators, librarians, and teachers -- to talk about what teachers need and what publishers and digital developers can produce in order to meet these needs. These needs include meeting educational initiatives such as STEM, STEAM, NGSS, Common Core, and the C3 Framework.
Linda Swank is the Program Manager of the REVERE Awards, an annual awards program that recognizes excellence in resources that support teaching and learning—for all ages, in all media, and for use in all learning environments, whether in or outside the classroom. In this role, she is directly involved in all facets of the competition. The REVERE Awards are a program of the Association of American Publishers’ PreK-12 Learning Group, which provides a range of resources, conferences and events, and programs and initiatives that spotlight trends in policy, technology, and learning. Learn more at and
Linda will be speaking on the "BOOK AWARDS" presentation:
Award committee members will give insights into the awards, selection processes, criteria, audiences, and relevance to publishers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors and illustrators.

  • AAP Revere Awards - Linda Swank (Association of American Publishers)
  • Orbis Pictus Award – Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE Orbis Pictus Committee/University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Eisner Award for Comics, Graphic Novels – Francisca Goldsmith (Librarian/Author/Instructor)
  • ALA/YALSA Awards - Angela Carstensen (Librarian/Author)
  • NSTA Outstanding Science Tradebooks - Carolyn Hayes (National Science Teachers Assoc., President)
  • Bank Street Library and College NF Awards – Cynthia Weill (Bank Street Children's Book Committee)

Learn from the people who have their finger on the pulse of
children's nonfiction!â„¢
Our stellar faculty members include teachers, librarians, educators at university graduate schools of education, authors, illustrators, agents, app developers, marketing and social media consultants, editors, art directors, designers, book packagers, and publishers from:

Your conference registration includes: Panels, Workshops, Social Events, and Meals. This is your chance to make the connections and get the ideas that will empower you in the changing world of children's nonfiction. Don't miss this opportunity! Register now!
For questions, contact:
Sally Isaacs, or call (201) 634-1870
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