Yale child care program hosts ‘A Celebration of the Picture Book’

“A Celebration of the Picture Book,” a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Edith B. Jackson Childcare Program (EBJ), will take place at Yale University April 20-21. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. Participants must register by April 12. Click here to download a registration form.

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The conference panels and keynote addresses are designed to help educators, students, parents, authors, and librarians foster children’s engagement with picture books and literacy development. Participants will examine the relationships between text and illustrations, and explore the many ways picture books can be used to enhance literacy for all children.

The opening keynote will be given by Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of children’s books including “Max and Ruby,” “Yoko,” “Read to Your Bunny,” and “Love Waves.” The second day of the conference will consist of three panels and a closing address, which will be delivered by Megan Lambert, an instructor at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College. Lambert previously served as literature and outreach coordinator at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Click here for the schedule of events.

In addition to hosting the conference, EBJ also will sponsor a family reading event on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wexler-Grant Community School, 55 Foote St. This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature readings for children and parents by local authors and celebrities, musical entertainment, crafts, and birthday cupcakes. Click here for more information. Attendees are asked to bring a new or gently used book to donate to New Haven Reads.

The Edith B. Jackson Childcare Program was founded in 1972 by a group of Yale University parents and faculty members and is one of five childcare centers on campus accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

For more information about Yale-affiliated childcare resources, visit the Yale WorkLife Program at http://www.yale.edu/childcare/.

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