Lowell Lecture

Panel Discussion: Different Paths to Reading

Date & Time

May 13, 2014


Boston Public Library - Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
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Cathryn Mercier, Alexandra Kennedy, Sonia Nieto, and Grace Lin

Presenting Organization

Boston Public Library

Moderator Cathryn Mercier serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and the Director of the Children's Literature graduate degree programs and has held a variety of roles with the college since 1985.

Alexandra Kennedy is the Executive Director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, an art museum that celebrates picture books from around the world and offers educational programs that promote arts integration and literacy.

Sonia Nieto is the Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture for the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels. Lin's 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker's TODAY show Kid's Book Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Ling & Ting, her first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

The 2014 Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library, Gateway to Reading, explores the fundamental importance of childhood literacy and addresses the joys, discoveries, questions, and challenges facing today's generation of young readers. The series of acclaimed speakers includes beloved authors and illustrators who turn reluctant readers into voracious bookworms, noted scholars in the field of children's literature, and experts who bring literacy skills and the love of reading and writing to children in new and groundbreaking ways. A full listing of this series can be found at www.bpl.org/lowell.