Other Conference Presentations

Other Conference Presentations

Horses to Unicorns: How Storytelling and Imagination Games Can Lead Children to Write

Sydelle Pearl presents her model of sparking children to write based upon a storytelling foundation surrounded by pre and post writing/imagination activities. The focus is on working with children in grades three through six. The format is a combination of storytelling, participation, and discussion. Distribution of bibliography.

Inspiration, Perspiration, Determination, Publication

Sydelle Pearl describes her journey from children’s librarian to children’s author, emphasizing the power of persistence.

Making Story Come Alive with Song

Sydelle Pearl will share some multicultural folktales that she retells with original songs. She will share how teachers can enhance their own storytelling with songs and chants.

The Scarf: The Story of My Father's Death

Participants will: discuss Sydelle’s story of her father’s death in connection with medical care at end-of-life moments; consider what the visitation policies are at various health care facilities; consider the visitation barriers that affect family members of terminally ill loved ones and how to alleviate these barriers; compare how and if attitudes towards death have changed from 1995 to the present day in health care facilities.

The Violin: Taking Time to Listen to the Storysong Within

Participants will: discuss Sydelle’s story in connection with incorporating artistic expression into patient care; share related experiences and stories of patients who have been “woken up” via an artistic encounter or otherwise; explore the related insights of Dr. Victoria Sweet in a discussion of her book, God’s Hotel: The Story of a Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (New York: Riverheard Books, 2012).

Writing for Children: Exploring the Craft

Embark on a journey through the world of children’s books, focusing primarily on the work and insights of four luminaries in the field: Jack Prelutsky (poet); Katherine Paterson (novelist); Jill Krementz (photo-essayist); and Maurice Sendak (illustrator/author). Engage in writing exercises that inspire the imagination and develop a sense of voice. Reference books, organizations, periodicals and internet sites for the children’s writer help demystify the process of publication.

Conference Presentations and Book Signings have included:

    • Association of Jewish Libraries Convention
    • Book Expo America
    • Books by the Banks—Cincinnati USA Book Festival
    • Cambridge Historical Society
    • Children’s Literature Conference, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
    • Church and Synagogue Library Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Conference on Storytelling for Children
    • Heinz History Center Annual Holiday Book Fair
    • In Celebration of Children’s Literature Conference
    • International Reading Association Convention
    • Keystone State Reading Association Conference
    • Literacy for All
    • Longfellow House—Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
    • Maine Historical Society
    • Massachusetts Title I Conference
    • Massachusetts Reading Association Conference
    • Monmouth University Literacy Symposium
    • National Catholic Education Association Conference/Catholic Library Association Conference
    • New England Kindergarten Conference
    • New England Library Association Conference
    • New England Reading Association Conference
    • Pennsylvania Council on the Social Studies Conference
    • Pennsylvania School Library Association Conference
    • Pittsburgh Association for Educators of Young Children and Allegheny County Family Support Conference
    • Point Park University, Language Arts Class for Educators
    • Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference
    • University of Pittsburgh Consortium Ethics Program Annual Conference
    • USBBY Regional Conference
    • Vermont Teachers Who Write, (NCTE Affiliate)
    • Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, Kent State University