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Summer Literacy Institute - 2013

Workshop Presenter: Kristin Fontichiaro

SLI Fontichiaro workshop presenter 2013

Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and a former school librarian, classroom teacher, and district professional development facilitator.

Her most recent edited volumes are Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core State Standards, K-5 (Cherry Lake, June 2012) and Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers (with Debbie Abilock and Violet H. Harada, Libraries Unlimited, June 2012).

She has edited three eBook compilations of essays, available as free downloads from Smashwords.com: Everything You Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Ask; School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come (co-edited with Buffy Hamilton) and Information Literacy in the Wild.

Earlier professional books include 21st-Century Learning in School Libraries; Active Learning Through Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry; and Podcasting at School. With Sandy Buczynski, she is co-author of Story Starters and Science Notebooking: Developing Student Thinking Through Literacy and Inquiry.

She is series editor for the Makers as Innovators series for Cherry Lake Publishing, to be released in Fall 2013, and co-author of the series' Maker Faire and Raspberry Pi.

She also writes informational texts for middle grade readers, including Know What to Ask: Forming Great Research Questions (with Emily Johnson) and Shared Creations: Making Use of Creative Commons (with Emily Puckett Rodgers).

Additionally, she has written for Principal Leadership, ASCD Express, Teacher Librarian, Synergy, and other publications.

Named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association, Distinguished Alumna by the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program, and a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, she blogs at http://bit.ly/fontblog and writes the "Nudging Toward Inquiry" column for School Library Monthly


Banquet Speaker: Andrea Davis Pinkney

SLI banquet speaker Pinkney 2013

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and non-fiction.

She has been selected to deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. This honor recognizes her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of African American heritage.

Andrea’s recent nonfiction book, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, is the recipient of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Andrea's picture books include Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up By Sitting Down, a Parents’ Choice Award recipient, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award, and the Flora G. Stieglitz Strauss Award for Nonfiction.

Other books include Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, a Jane Addams Honor Book, and a School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year"; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award; Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, a featured selection on Oprah and Friends. 

Andrea's novels include Bird in a Box, a Today Show Al Roker's Book Club pick, and With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series.

In addition to her work as an author, Andrea is a publishing executive at Scholastic, where she currently serves as Vice President, Executive Editor.

Andrea lives in New York City with her husband and frequent collaborator, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.


Friday Author Panel and Author Sessions

Our featured authors will share their journeys as writers and readers on Friday through a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions.

Bentley Boyd
Kelly Starling Lyons
Linda Salisbury
Allan Wolf

Bentley BoydPicture of Bentley Boyd

Since 1999, Bentley has drawn history comix for reluctant readers. Chester the Crab began as a feature in the Newport News (VA) Daily Press and quickly won fans inside and outside the classroom. The approach: nonfiction comix can teach content AND boost literacy at the same time. His adventures based on Virginia's Standards of Learning won a website award from the Newspaper Association of America in 2000 and won Best Newspaper In Education Idea from the Southern Newspaper Publisher Association in 2001. In 2003 Bentley won a Friend of Education award from the Virginia Council for the Social Studies. That same year he started Chester Comix LLC to sell his stories nationally in book form. Since then he has published 32 historical comic books with matching teacher’s guides, including cooperative ventures with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, and the Town of Lexington (MA). He has also produced Chester stories in digital form, including iPhone apps.



Kelly Starling LyonsPicture of Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery. Her books include CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me, Ellen's Broom, a Junior Library Guild selection, and Tea Cakes for Tosh, named a highly commended title by the Charlotte Zolotow Award Committee and fall 2012 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). Kelly is a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a team of authors and illustrators dedicated to raising awareness of children's book creators of color.



Linda SalisburyPicture of Linda Salisbury

Linda Salisbury, author of the Bailey Fish Adventure series for ages eight to twelve, was inspired to write children’s books after two years of mentoring an elementary school student with reading difficulties.  Nonfiction (American and Virginia history, such as the story of Henry Box Brown or gold mining) is mixed in with the fiction so that the books "educate as they entertain," as a national reviewer said. All nine books in her Virginia-based juvenile fiction series have won national recognition and awards, including from the prestigious Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (a silver and a bronze), Eric Hoffer and ForeWord finalist awards, and gold medals for best children’s fiction from the Florida Publisher’s Association. Book eight was named best children’s fiction by the Virginia Presswomen’s Association. In addition to the series, Salisbury is also the author of Mudd Saves the Earth: Booger Glue, Cow Diapers and other Good Ideas, a humorous environmental book for ages seven and up, and several books for adults.  Salisbury’s also a free-lance writer for various newspapers and magazines and a musician who plays viola and cello with the Rappahannock Pops. She lives at Lake Anna with her husband, Jim.



Allan WolfPicture of Allan Wolf

Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC. His poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Ladybug magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (winner of the North Carolina Young Adult Book award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry). His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, a Hornbook Fanfare Title, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits and poetry shows for all ages.



Photos by Brittany Clark


Online registration for the 2013 Summer Literacy Institute is now available!  Participants, presenters, and vendors should CLICK HERE to register. Early Bird Registration (which includes a free ticket to Thursday evening’s banquet) ends on July 8!

Your registration fee of $195.00 includes

  • Thursday workshop with Kristin Fontichiaro

  • Friday author panel

  • Four 60-minute breakout sessions, including sessions with the authors

  • CD with all session bibliographies/handouts

  • Continental breakfast on both days

  • Lunch buffet on both days

  • Vendors

  • The opportunity to network with professional colleagues

  • Loads of fun


Early Bird registrants (July 8) receive a FREE ticket to the Thursday evening banquet with Andrea Davis Pinkney!

Schedule for the Institute 

Concurrent Session Descriptions


Stay on our beautiful campus!

The registration form for on-campus housing can be downloaded from this link: Institute 2013 Housing form.pdf.

There are also several local hotels and the Longwood Bed & Breakfast available for your stay:

Graduate Credits

Looking for three graduate credits?

EDSL595/EDUC595:  Transliteracy

This course will provide students the opportunity to explore the concept of transliteracy, defined as "the ability to read, listen to, view, understand, synthesize, and apply what we gather across platforms" (Jaeger, 2011), and how this concept applies in PreK-12 classrooms and libraries.  Additionally, Institute-featured authors' works will be read and discussed. 

For more information, contact
Dr. Audrey Church, churchap@longwood.edu, and
Dr. Gretchen Braun, braungl@longwood.edu.

Course begins on Monday, June 17, 2013.  Add/drop period ends on June 20, 2013.
Participants will need to pay Longwood's online graduate level tuition and fees for this three-credit course.

Registering for EDSL595/EDUC595

  • If you are an admitted Longwood student, register through myLongwood. 

  • If you are not an admitted Longwood student, to register for the course, complete both forms below and either mail or fax to the Longwood University Registrar's office (434-395-2252).
    Online course registration form 
    In-state tuition form


Additional Info

Questions about registration?
Contact Frances Reeve, 

Questions about the Institute?
Contact Audrey Church, 

Questions about vendors?
Contact Gretchen Braun, 

Questions about on-campus housing?
Contact Freddie Adcock,