Reading the World Conference

The School of Edu­ca­tion spon­sors a con­fer­ence called Read­ing the World, A Con­fer­ence Cel­e­brat­ing Mul­ti­cul­tural Lit­er­a­ture for Chil­dren and Young Adults.

The con­fer­ence fea­tures guest speak­ers, a vari­ety of break-out pre­sen­ta­tions by edu­ca­tors, librar­i­ans, authors, illus­tra­tors, and schol­ars, a Book Mar­ket and more. On these pages, read about how the con­fer­ence began in 1998, browse through the lists of past speak­ers, pre­sen­ters and award win­ners, and plan to come to the next conference!

Alma Flor Ada (left) with Leo and Diane Dil­lon at Read­ing the World V.

Our Mis­sion

To cre­ate a forum wel­com­ing schol­ars, stu­dents, authors, illus­tra­tors, librar­i­ans, teach­ers, edi­tors, book sell­ers and any­one inter­ested in the field of lit­er­a­ture for chil­dren and young adults. The main topic for this forum is the pre­sen­ta­tion, study, analy­sis and cel­e­bra­tion of books of lit­er­ary and artis­tic merit cre­ated for chil­dren and young adults that present the human expe­ri­ence with respect for its mul­ti­plic­ity and diversity;

Books that specif­i­cally pro­mote un-learning biases and prej­u­dice, coun­ter­act­ing racism and exclusion:’

  • fos­ter­ing sol­i­dar­ity and respect for all human beings and pro­tec­tion of all liv­ing beings;
  • that ques­tion and address problems;
  • that do not pro­pose merely happy end­ings but respon­si­ble solutions;

that, in short, invite chil­dren and young adults to see them­selves as pro­tag­o­nists of their own human expe­ri­ence and unite them to embrace it with trust, love and hope to con­tribute to the cre­ation of a world of equal­ity, jus­tice and peace.

Alma Flor Ada
Author, Pro­fes­sor Emerita
Inter­na­tional & Mul­ti­cul­tural Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment
Uni­ver­sity of San Francisco