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Call for proposals for the PAMLA 2011

This year’s conference will be held near Los Angeles at Scripps College in Claremont, California, November 5-6, 2011

“’ABC, It’s Easy as 123′: Fun Activities for the Pre-Reader”

“ABC, It’s Easy as 123” is looking for paper proposals exploring any aspect of media for infants to preschool-age “emergent readers.” Texts to examine include American classics like Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, English translations of Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops, Gomi’s Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring Book, Disney’s Baby Einstein products, Hello Kitty products, and various baby sign-language videos. Some possible topics to explore are: What do texts for pre-readers reveal about marketing, commerce, or audience? What are the social histories or environmental impact of alphabet books, counting books, potty training books, coloring books, concept books (e.g. shapes, opposites, seasons) or workbooks? What ideologies appear regarding race/class/gender in Sesame Street, or the Noggin/Nick Jr. show Kai-Lan? What is the relationship between reading, visual literacy, and entertainment for Caldecott Award Winners/ popular board book authors Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton?

Please include AV requests with your abstract submission.

Email questions and abstracts to Jaimy Mann:

Abstracts due April 17, 2011.

Call for Proposals – “ABC, It’s Easy as 123”: Fun Activities for the Pre-Reader