CLNE: The Opening Page

Children’s Literature New England is a unique and wonderful organization that held the most wonderful summer institutes for twenty years. I started attending in 1999, was a speaker in 2005, and a book discussion leader for the final institute in 2006. Now, for anyone who wants a taste of CLNE, I highly recommend their new venture as described in the following email sent out to previous attendees a few days ago.

Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce CLNE’s exciting new venture, a colloquy titled THE OPENING PAGE to be held May 8-11, 2008 at the Inn at Essex in spectacular Vermont. The colloquy will feature superb speakers, including M.T. Anderson, Susan Cooper, Sarah Ellis, Janice Harrington, Arthur A. Levine, Katherine Paterson, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Brian Selznick. The program builds on the solid work of two decades of CLNE summer institutes.

Visit our website for details and an online registration form. If you can attend, we recommend that you enroll quickly. Space is limited. We hope you can join us! We would appreciate it if you would forward news about the program to others who might be interested.

As we begin the new year, we remain grateful for the CLNE community. In that context we note the recent death of upstate New York school librarian and powerhouse enthusiast for books for the young, CLNE stalwart Micki Nevett. We also thank CLNE speaker and participant Monica Edinger for posting the eulogy for Micki on her blog, Educating Alice (see 12/20/08 posting for the eulogy). If you go to the 12/18/08 posting you can read or add to the many comments written in memory of Micki.

May we stay strong, stay brave, and may we see one another soon!

Cheers from the CLNE Board.

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