Summer Institute in Children's Literature
Since 1975, the biennial Summer Institute in Children's Literature has gathered to advocate, explore, and celebrate literature for young people through a single thematic lens. Our time together refreshes and fortifies as it reignites our commitment to excellence across children's and young adult literature.
Lost & Found
Saturday, July 23 - Sunday, 24, 2022
...then I found a lost ribbon on the trail,
Grab a pencil
Let loose your heart —
What if I have many voices?
Let them dance together
– Kwame Alexander
Lost & Found invites us to consider the intertwining paths we traverse in search of story. What do we lose – and find – along the way? Stories make us seekers – of justice, of belonging, of individual inspiration and collective action. We turn to stories told in words and images, stories of discovery and self-discovery, of heroics in the domestic and magical, of fact and fiction. Lost & Found pushes us – writers and illustrators, parents and teachers, librarians and publishers, storytellers all – to pick up where others have left off.
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Many thanks to James Yang for permission to use his art from A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi (Viking, 2021) to interpret the institute theme.
“How to Write a Poem: Celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye” from Out of Wonder. Text copyright © 2017 by Kwame Alexander. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
"Finding a Pink Ribbon on the Wilderness Trail" from A Maze Me by Naomi Shihab Nye - Illustrated by: Terre Maher. Text Copyright (c) 2005 by Naomi Shihab Nye. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.