January 12, 2011 - The Annual Meeting of the Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) convenes on January 18th in Miami, FL. This year's theme is Motivating Children to Read in the 21st Century: How High-Interest Novels, Technology, and New Education Policy Can Lead to Successful Readers in Our Schools. Over 200 attendees from EMBA's member publisher and wholesalers are expected to attend.
Meeting cochairs Tim McHugh of Saddleback Educational Publishing and Susan Gaffney of Hachette Book Group have invited a mix of speakers and authors to contribute thoughts on the theme, including Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, whose program is called Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.
"We are very excited to welcome a distinguished list of speakers and authors to collaborate on strategies to keep children interested in reading," said McHugh, EBMA board member and Vice President of Sales for Saddleback Educational Publishing.
Guest authors at the conference this year include James Patterson, Matt de La Pena, and Steven Kellogg, who will accept EBMA's 32nd annual Jeremiah Ludington Award at Tuesday's opening banquet. The Ludington Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the paperback book business.
In addition to the popular one-on-one sessions between wholesalers and publishers, other programming for the week includes a presentation called How Technology is Fostering Marketing Efforts and Generating Reading Interest featuring co-presenters author Patrick Carman and Lisa Holton, CEO of Fourth Street Media. The meeting will close Friday with the annual EBMA business meeting.
The Educational Book and Media Association, or EBMA, formerly known as the Educational Paperback Association, or EPA, is an association of wholesalers and publishers who are reputable and authoritative suppliers of educational paperbacks, prebound books and other materials to the school and library markets.
December 1, 2010 - The Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) today announced that Steven Kellogg is the winner of the 2010 Jeremiah Ludington Award. The Ludington Award, named after EBMA's founder, is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the paperback book business. Past winners have included Jon Scieszka, Kevin Henkes, Anita Silvey, Mary Pope Osborne, Seymour Simon, Tomie dePaola, Richard Peck, Lois Lowry and Paula Danziger. Recipients receive a framed certificate and EBMA presents a $2500 check to the charity of their choice.
Steven Kellogg will accept the award at EBMA's annual meeting in Miami Florida in January. He has designated that his donation be sent to the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a not-for-profit literacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children's book authors and illustrators. The NCBLA's main goal is to make issues related to young people's literacy, literature, and libraries an ongoing priority on the national agenda.
"The EBMA board and membership are excited to present this year's Ludington Award to Steven Kellogg," said Daniel Walsh, EBMA President and COO of Children's Plus, Inc. "Steven is the creator of Pinkerton, the beloved Great Dane, the Christmas Witch, Clorinda, and many other unforgettable characters. Steven's work as an author / illustrator perfectly exemplifies the ideal fusion of words and images that encompass the best picture books for children."
Steven Kellogg was fascinated with books very early in his life, spending many hours drawing and creating stories and learning how pictures and text work together. He noticed early on that not all grownups enjoyed their jobs and he was determined to choose a job that he really loved. He continued drawing throughout high school and then attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he majored in illustration and won a fellowship to spend his senior year studying and working in Florence, Italy. Then he did some graduate work, began teaching at American University and began to submit picture book ideas to publishers. His first book was published in 1967 and he has gone on to write or illustrate over 100 books. Steven continues to create books from his farmhouse in Connecticut. For more information about Steven, visit his website at www.stevenkellogg.com.
The Educational Book and Media Association, or EBMA, formerly known as the Educational Paperback Association, or EPA, is an association of wholesalers and publishers who are reputable and authoritative suppliers of educational paperbacks, prebound books and other materials to the school and library markets. Click here for more about the Ludington Award.