What does it mean to belong?
How can literature help children as they struggle to relate to different groups at home, in school, and in the wider society?
Who does children’s literature belong to? How can books help all children feel they belong?
Children’s literature has traditionally been perceived as a place where all children can find a place and belong. But is this true?
The theme of this year’s IBBY UK/NCRCL MA Conference will be ‘Belonging is… an exploration of the right to be included and the barriers that must be overcome’. Registration is now open on the University of Roehampton’s online store. The conference will take place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at Froebel College, University of Roehampton, London, from 9am-5:30pm with refreshments and lunch provided. The final date to register is 3rd November 2014.
Confirmed speakers included Ros Asquith, Sarah Garland, Candy Gourlay, Mary Hoffman, Julia Hope, Anna McQuinn, Beverly Naidoo, Richard O’Neill, and Alex Strick. There will also be eight parallel sessions in the afternoon on a large range of topics and texts.