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.

CLNE Presents the 2016 Symposium


Passages of Hope

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 • Robin SmithAlison BechdelBarbara ScottoAshley BryanNicole GriffinDaryl MarkMartha Walke


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Featured Presenters

LizBicknellLiz Bicknell is Editorial Director and Associate Publisher of Candlewick Press in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has published award-winning books for young children, middle grade readers and teen readers.



mt_andersonM. T. Anderson is the author of picture books and fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults including The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation and Feed. His most recent book is Symphony for the City of the Dead. He is a former faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His website is mt-anderson.com.




Mythic Journey 2017

EXLHomepageJoin CLNE and The Examined Life for an exhilarating journey that includes an online graduate course and a study tour to Greece.

The online course runs from January 7 to May 20, 2017 and the study tour to Greece is scheduled for April 13 to April 23, 2017.

Several $1,000 stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers K-12.

Click here for more information and to read a letter from a 2016 CLNE Greek Study fellow