This year the theme for our Young Author project is : “Reflections: Celebrating the Me I See”. Through this theme, it is my hope and wish that our authors and illustrators will celebrate their unique talents, gifts, abilities, and qualities, and develop an appreciation for what makes them special and unique. As you and your students write, you may find connections within your own family, and ways you are similar to a special relative, or connections within your friendships, and the things that draw you together. I look forward to reading entries about all of the ways we are each wonderfully unique and extraordinary, and I am very excited to see the accompanying artwork as well! (As both a bibliophile and Disney fan, this theme speaks to me, and I hope you will find the fun and celebration in it as well!)
Our Conference theme is: “Through the Looking Glass: A Literacy Wonderland”. We are thrilled to gather together again this year to share the joy in literacy and to find ways to have fun while creating a lasting impact on student learning. We are excited to have NC authors and speakers joining us once again, as well as a few surprises up our sleeves! Our conference will be March 17-19, 2024 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC. We are accepting Call for Proposals for the 2024 conference. All proposals are due October 1st, 2023, and we encourage your creativity and would love to see you align your ideas to our conference theme!
There are several ways that you can support NCRA this year. First, you should JOIN your local chapter. Local councils are the hands and feet of our larger organization, doing the work of creating Little Free Libraries, lobby libraries in doctors’ offices, birthday literacy bags for foster children, and more. It is a wonderful way to make a difference in your community! Another way that you can support NCRA is by recognizing leaders in your life through our Leadership Appreciation Fund. This fund is a way for you to honor any and all leaders in your family, community, schools, churches, state and the nation. The funds raised will help pay for published authors to present at the annual NC Reading Conference and provide funding for our annual Young Authors celebrations. I am so thankful to walk this path with you all this year, and I look forward to serving as your partner in literacy.
With joy and wonder,