Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Conference

2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference

Friday, May 2, 2014

8:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, VT

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 Conference Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)

Conference Scholarship Application (Word) *Deadline March 28, 2014*

Conference Scholarship Application (PDF) *Deadline March 28, 2014*

Morning Speaker:

Gary Schmidt has won Newbery honors for both Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars and has had many books on the DCF list including, most recently, Okay for Now.

Afternoon Speaker:

Jo Knowles has published several well respected books for young adults, Jo burst on to the middle grade scene with See You at Harry’s, a current DCF nominee.




  1. Introducing the New DCF List (The DCF Committee) - Come hear about the books on the 2014-15 DCF list from committee members. Find out what the book review handout doesn’t cover!
  1. Conversation with Jo Knowles - Come meet our afternoon speaker and chat with her informally.
  1. Rapid To-Dos (Annie Brabazon and Charlie Farrell) - Get those books off the shelves and into the hands of kids in meaningful, interactive ways.  Join Annie and Charlie for activities and extension ideas for at least 1/3 of all the new DCF titles. Pre and post activities, writing prompts, art, music, technology projects and more, as well as ways for school librarians to collaborate with teachers and public libraries! Annie Brabazon is the librarian and Charlie Farrell is the middle school social studies teacher at Grand Isle School.
  1. Bring DCF Books to Life! (Karen Sharpwolf) - Karen Sharpwolf, a Teaching Artist from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts will share drama activities from their signature Words Come Alive! program. Words Come Alive! techniques connect reading and writing and enable  children to become active learners. Dive into DCF books ---jump into the shoes of characters, travel into exciting settings and have fun.
  1. From Booktalks to Book Trailers (Caroline DeMaio) - In this workshop Caroline will share the steps she take with students in grades 3 - 6 to create a magnetizing book trailer. You will start by using wordprocessing and Google Docs to create a lively booktalk, and move on to creating slide shows with Google Presentation or Powerpoint finishing up with  Animoto, Photostory and other digital storytelling programs.  Caroline DeMaio is the Danville School Library Media Specialist.
  1. Battle of the Books (Sabrina McDonough, Melissa Bushey, Tricia Allen) - Are you ready for a little healthy competition? Do you want a new way to encourage and celebrate the reading of DCF books?  This panel presentation will share how three different groups have implemented a quiz bowl or trivia challenge highlighting DCF titles. Sabrina McDonough is the librarian at Shrewsbury Mountain School. Melissa Bushey is the librarian from Barnet School. Tricia Allen is the children’s librarian at Ilsley Library in Middlebury.


  1. Introducing the New DCF List (The DCF Committee) - Repeat of Workshop # 1.
  1. Conversation with Gary Schmidt - Here is your chance to talk to our keynote speaker in a small group setting.
  2. Close (and Collaborative) Reading with Subtext (Susan Hennessey, Jan Potts, Elizabeth Managan) - Want to see literary and informational text come alive for kids as they construct meaning together in reading groups that really work? Subtext is an iPad app that supports group reading and interactive engagement with digital texts.  We will share our action research, showing how Subtext is being used in middle level classrooms to support close reading of texts, in both English and Science. Susan Hennessey is the Professional Development Coordinator at the Tarrant Institute; Jan Potts is a 7th grade English teacher at Harwood Union Middle School and Elizabeth Managan is a Special Educator at Harwood Union Middle School.
  1. Booktalk Boot Camp (Amy Howlett) - Learn the basics of booktalking, creating short effective talks to get books moving out the door. We’ll use this year’s DCF list to headline themes and ideas to include other titles from the library collection. Amy Howlett is a Regional Consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries
  1. What’s NOT on the List - International Edition (Steve Madden & students) - Sure, the DCF List is great, but it's not the only game in town!  Explore children's choice book award programs around the globe, from Alberta to Aberdeen to Adelaide, with many stops in between. We'll also discuss many 2013 books from around the world that didn't make it into the boxes of the DCF Committee.   Steve Madden is the librarian at Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond.
  1. Going Beyond “This book is good”: Turning Students Into Book Reviewers (Stacy Holbrook) - Book reviewing can help students take an analytical look at what they are reading, while providing thoughtful recommendations to their peers. Stacy will show you resources to get students involved in book reviewing in the classroom or school, and for publication.  Stacy Holbrook is a book reviewer for VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), Library Media Connection, and VTLIB; she is the librarian at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden.



Conference Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)

Conference Scholarship Application Form (Word) *Deadline March 28, 2014*

Conference Scholarship Application Form (PDF) *Deadline March 28, 2014*