Connecticut Reading Association

Conversations & Collaborations

NEW! No need to register for this new conference event! Just stop in and visit with speakers, ask questions, get books signed, explore a new topic, and learn about some of our vendors’ newest products!


Get to know the presenters! Speakers will be making themselves available for informal chats. This time is set aside for Q&A, book signings, and making personal connections!


David Kilpatrick, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Nancy Boyles, Chantal Francois, Jo Knowles, Patty McGee, Jo Ann Freiberg, and Pam Koutrakos

Gravity Goldberg, Sharon Zinke, Michael Salinger & Sara Holbrook, Joanne White, Jan Burkins, Pam Koutrakos, Jo Ann Freiberg, and Kathy Collins




Learn more about what mindfulness is and how it can help decrease anxiety, stress and worry in your students. Explore and understand the science of the research that supports mindfulness practice. Learn practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily classroom. Through literature and short activities students become more engaged learners and classrooms become joyful. (Wednesday & Thursday)

Project Lit
Do you feel it’s important to give readers access to diverse books? Are you looking to make space in your day for tough conversations? In their own words, Project LIT (@ProjectLITComm) is “a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities.” Come learn about Project LIT Book Clubs for middle grade and young adult readers or share your experiences. Book lists and giveaways will be available. (Wednesday & Thursday)

Writing Spa
We teach writing. Do we take time to be writers? Visit this zen space for a little quiet inspiration in a self-guided experience. Enter into a writing space that provides a sensory experience for all that partake. Four separate spaces that are united by a desire to write to a stimulus – The Garden, The Beach, Winter, and Zen. How can we create lovers of writing? – by finding the courage to write ourselves. (Wednesday & Thursday)

Little Free LibraryLittle Free Libraries
Come and listen to two Connecticut experts speak about how to be a part of the book sharing movement of Little Free Library. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. (Wednesday only)

The Hickory Stick Picks!
Emelie Burl, children’s book specialist, buyer, and social media director at The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, CT, will present some of her favorite Fall titles, as well as some Spring releases, for young children and middle grade readers. (Thursday only)

Blackout Poetry
In the spirit of a literacy maker space, come see examples of blackout poetry created by students! Then try your own hand at it. Blackout poems are created by isolating words or phrases from pages of old books or articles to create something new! Join us to learn, make, and create. Bring a little poetry into your classroom. (Wednesday only)

Buzzing About Books
Come hear about oodles of books! Join Susanna Richards’ session to hear about new and favorite fiction and nonfiction titles for younger and older readers. (Wednesday only)