Day 1 Morning:

Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong: "Poetry Across the Curriculum: Integrating Literacy and the Arts"

How to connect poetry with visual art, music, voice, movement, and dance using a quick and effective “Take 5” approach that integrates literacy and the arts in five minutes.


Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published extensively, including five books on literature for children and over 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s BookLinks magazine, the 2014 recipient of the ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award, and a member of the current Caldecott committee.


Janet Wong is a former lawyer whose dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision, dumpster diving, diversity, and chess. A frequent speaker at schools, Wong is active in the ILA Literacy & Social Responsibility SIG and the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly.


Together, Vardell and Wong are the creative forces behind The Poetry Friday Anthology series and the Poetry Friday Power Book series, used in thousands of school districts nationwide.