ACL holds an annual one-day professional development institute focused on current trends and topics in the field of youth literature and librarianship. Guest speakers include noted authors, illustrators, publishers, and other experts. Topics are wide-ranging, from preschool books and programming, to feeding children at the library and diversity in collections, to middle schoolers’ development and their books. Institute years and titles are listed below, with bibliographies, resources and additional information included if available.
ACL Institute 2000, A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Illustrating Children’s Books. Speakers: Ted and Gloria Rand, K.T. Horning, Melissa Sweet, and Melissa Bay Mathis.
ACL Institute 1999, Carnival Freaks in Wonderland: The Use of the Gross and the Grotesque in Children’s Books
ACL Institute 1998, Finger Painting in the Garden of Good and Evil: Spirituality, Creativity, and the Journey Within in Children’s Literature and Art
ACL Institute 1997, Tickle my Funny Bone: The Anatomy of Humor in Children’s Literature.
ACL Institute 1996, Call It Courage: From Peter Rabbit to Maniac Magee – Survival themes in Literature for Children and Young Adults
ACL Institute 1995, Books on Fire: A Bibliography for Thou Shalt Not Read – Banned and Challenged Books for Children and Young Adults
ACL Institute 1994, Tracking the Dragons: Asian Americans in Children’s Literature
ACL Institute 1993, It is Still that Way: American Indians in Children’s Literature