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WWU hosts Canadian author Sydney Smith at Children’s Literature Conference

Headshot of author Sydney Smith next to the cover of his book, Small in the CIty

January 19, 2023

The Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference is back in person after a two year pandemic hiatus, and with a new addition: the Inaugural Canadian Children’s Literature honoree, Sydney Smith.

Thanks to a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the conference will bring a notable Canadian Children’s author or illustrator as one of four presenters each year, showcasing their talent for American educators. Sydney Smith will join the conference from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to share the stage with other notable authors such as Renee WatsonMichaela Goade and Newbery Award winning Donna Barba Higuera. Smith has won the highest honor in Canadian Literature, the Governor General’s Award (2015), as well as a Kate Greenway Award (2021), an Ezra Jack Keats Award (2020) and many others for his titles like “Sidewalk Flowers”“Town is by the Sea”“I Talk Like a River” and “Small in the City”.

Registration is open until February 16th, and a special Early Bird Rate is available until January 20th. Join us to hear from Sydney Smith and learn who the WWU CLC will bring from Canada in 2024.