Marian College: John Reilly Education Program Features Children’s Book Authors


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Fond du Lac, Wis. — Marian College’s School of Education will hold its third annual John Reilly Education Program in Marian’s Stayer Center for Technology & Executive Learning Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The speakers are children’s book authors Pegi Deitz Shea, author of Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story, and YuYi Morales, author and illustrator of Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Shea and Morales will discuss how to teach diversity to children using trade books in all subjects in all grade levels.

Shea has published in almost every category for readers of every age: children’s books, poetry, newspapers, magazines, publicity, advertising, biography, history, and creative nonfiction (essay and memoir pieces). A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Rutgers University, Shea teaches with the Institute of Children’s Literature, and has led writing workshops at more than 250 schools and conferences in 15 states.

Morales, who was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, is an author, artist, puppet maker, Brazilian folkdancer and former host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is completing a master’s degree in creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Teachers, school administrators, librarians, college faculty, and education students are invited to attend free of charge. A light supper will be provided. Reservations can be made with Sherry Caves, (920) 923-8128,; the deadline is March 8.

The John Reilly Education Program is named for John Reilly, a Fond du Lac County businessman for 40 years, who had more than 20 members of his family pursue careers in education.

Marian College is a Catholic applied liberal arts college located in Fond du Lac, Wis. The college offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs at its main campus, and a variety of adult accelerated-degree programs in facilities throughout Wisconsin. The size of the College permits a very favorable student–faculty ratio, one of the lowest among Wisconsin colleges. Marian’s academic divisions offer programs of study designed to meet a full range of pre-professional and professional academic needs. The primary divisions and programs include business, education, the arts, sciences, nursing and technology. Marian College is a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice, and joined together by spiritual traditions.