Children’s Literature New England is dedicated to promoting awareness of the significance of literature in children’s lives. The organization grew from a passionate conviction that books for children have integrity both as art and as literature.  Its mission is to promote children’s literature and to give those who teach and create books for young readers the opportunity to reaffirm the value of their work.



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November 10-13 2016

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Montpelier, Vermont

In the world of children’s literature an unquestioned belief has long been that art for the young should present a vision of hope. In 1818 Mrs. Sherwood showed virtue as a bulwark against eternal damnation. In 1865 Lewis Carroll celebrated the power of youthful imagination to counter the chaos created by adults. In 1952 E.B. White presented a vision of the cyclical and self-healing natural world. In 1978 Katherine Paterson gave us a child who scraped out her own hope in the face of adult weakness and neglect.

Today, with holes in the ozone and fractures in social institutions and in the very ground under our feet, how can we present hopeful narratives that are both authentic and rigorous? Where does the obligation to instill hope stand in the twenty-first century? In this conference you are invited to join writers and illustrators for the young in tackling questions of the nature of hope. Is it synonymous with optimism? With a happy ending? What is the responsibility of the artist? Does the belief still hold?

Participating presenters include:

Kwame Alexander • Pamela Muñoz Ryan • Gregory Maguire • Marilyn Nelson • Steve Sheinkin • Rebecca Stead • K.T. Horning • Liz Bicknell • MT Anderson • Chris Raschka •Susan Cooper • Deirdre Baker • Deb Taylor  • Katherine Paterson • Sarah Ellis • Suzanne Fisher Staples

Registration Form •  Complete Schedule List of Presenters


Mythic Journey 2016

Children's Literature New England and the Examined LifeJoin CLNE and The Examined Life for an exhilarating journey that includes an online graduate course and a study tour to Greece. We will read and discuss early Greek literature and its timeless and universal importance in the education of young people. Click here for more information or email Barbara Scotto, CLNE Liaison.

The online course runs January 9 – May 19, 2016 and the study tour to Greece is scheduled for April 14-24, 2016.

A limited number of $1,000 stipends remain to be awarded on a first come, first served basis to teachers K-12, new to The Examined Life program. Please check the requirements.