Recent Golden Kite recipients Joanne Rocklin, Mara Rockliff and Jeri Chase Ferris, along with SCBWI President Stephen Mooser, have just returned from week-long presentations, workshops and book signings as guests of the Doha Children’s Book Festival in Doha, Qatar. Mooser spoke as part of an international panel that discussed ways in which kids can be introduced to the joys of reading.
For his part he talked about the many ways in which the SCBWI is committed to literacy outreach and specifically cited the success of our recent Inside Story program as well as our association with First Book, an organization that has distributed more than 100 million books free, or at considerable discounts, to children everywhere. Joanne, Mara and Jeri, also conducted writing workshops with local school children.
The Festival provided a great opportunity for the SCBWI to introduce ourselves to a wider audience and to spread the word that books should be an essential part of promoting multi-cultural understanding.