Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers


             Deborah Ellis      

Deborah Ellis is the author of over 20 books for young people.  Her books look at difficult situations children find themselves in because of adult decisions. The books deal with war, exploitation, the drug trade, poverty and stigma.  But they are really about courage - how we find courage, and how we can learn to act with courage more often, especially when we are afraid.  Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.  




       Perry Nodelman

Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg, Perry Nodelman is the author of four books about children’s literature: Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books (University of Georgia Press), The Pleasures of Children’s Literature, a textbook for university children’s literature courses (third edition in collaboration with Mavis Reimer, Pearson); The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press); and Alternative Narratives in Fiction for Young Readers: Twice Upon a Time (Palgrave Macmillan). More Words about Pictures: Current Research on Picture Books and Visual/Verbal Texts for Young People, a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the original Words About Pictures edited by Naomi Hamer, Mavis Reimer and Nodelman appeared in 2017 (Routledge). Nodelman has also written 150 or so scholarly articles and chapters in books about various aspects of children’s literature, four children’s novels on his own and seven others in collaboration with Carol Matas. He was the recipient of the International Grimm Award for Research in Children’s Literature, presented by the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, in 2015. He lives in Halifax, Canada, where he volunteers as a guide for school and adult tours at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 




    Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the author of 25 books for children and 10 novels for adults. He is best known for the international bestseller, Wicked, which inspired the Broadway musical of the same name. His other titles include Egg & Spoon (a Boston Globe-Horn Book honor winner), After Alice, The Good Liar, and Hiddensee. Mr. Maguire was a founder of Children’s Literature New England, Inc. and served as co-director for 25 years. He has been profiled in a feature in the New York Times Magazine, appeared on Oprah, and performed original work on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” An occasional reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, Mr. Maguire has published poetry in Poetry Magazine, editorials in the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and written a play, “The Seven Stage a Comeback.” Nominated by the Greek board of IBBY for the Astrid Lindgred Memorial Prize, Mr. Maguire has also established the Gregory Maguire Writing Center at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. 

    Michael Neugebauer
    Kathy G. Short

Kathy G. Short is a professor in Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona with a focus on inquiry, dialogue, and global literature. She has worked extensively with teachers around the world to develop inquiry-based curriculum and intercultural understanding through children’s literature. She has co-authored and co-edited many books and articles, including Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature, Essentials of Children’s Literature, Critical Content Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and Teaching Globally: Reading the World through Literature. She has served on award committees, including Notable Books for a Global Society and the Caldecott Medal. She was President of the National Council of Teachers of English and of the US Board of Books for Young People. She is director of Worlds of Words, an initiative to build intercultural understanding through global literature for children and adolescents (

    Leila (Roya) Maktabifard
  Leila (Roya) Maktabi Fard,  Iranian Children’s Literature researcher, Critic, and was born in Abadan in 1974, based in Munich Germany. She has a PH.D in Library and Information Science from Chamran Ahwaz University and used to be assistant professor in Kharazmai University Tehran until 2014. In 2012 she received International Youth Library Fellowship and during her stay met her German husband. After marriage she moved to Germany, and since 2017 started her job as Persian language specialist in International Youth Library, since 2018 she works as children’s librarian in City Library Munich as well.She started her activities in Children’s Literature through collaborating with the Children’s Book Council of Iran (Iranian IBBY’s section) in 1995. Following her interest in children’s literature and librarianship, in May 2010 she completed her Ph. D. dissertation titled: "A Survey of the Content Suitability of Iranian Fictions for 10-12 Years Old Children and Young Adults with Critical Thinking Skills Training and Indicatives". This dissertation brought the honorable Farabi International Award 2010 for her.Between 2011- 2014 beside her job as an university lecturer she followed her researches with a focus on Children’s Literature and Library Services for Children and Young Adults. During this time she wrote one Book and 8 peer reviewed articles and has supervised 5 theses which were about children’s literature and reading promotion.

Important Dates

30.08.2017  - Abstract submission opens

05.09.2017  - Registration opens

31.10.2017 / Extended until 20 November 2017  - Abstract submission deadline

20.12.2017/ New deadline 29.12.2017  - Notification of acceptance

31.03.2018  - Early bird deadline

01.10.2018  - Deadline for submission of the full paper - Oral Presentations only

30.06.2018// // Extended to 20 July 2018  - Digital files submission