2016 Kentucky Book Fair
6thAnnual KBF Kids Day
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Frankfort Convention Center
Free, but registration is required
The 6th Annual KBF Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
In celebration of the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair, the Kentucky Humanities Council has joined forces with the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire Initiative for a special class for High School journalism, writing and exemplary academic students.
"MASTER CLASS” WITH PULITZER PRIZE WINNING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, MARIA HENSON:
To inspire new generations interested in pursuing the literary arts, letters, writing and/or journalism Professor Maria Henson will conduct a "Master Class” for high school journalism/current event students. Based upon the journalism class she currently teaches at Wake Forest University called "Is It Journalism? How Do You Know?” your students will have the opportunity to explore issues related to news literacy, research, developing and executing a news story, etc. See Maria Henson's full bio.
Professor Henson will also discuss her processes in researching, developing and executing the series that eventually brought her to the attention and acclaim of the Pulitzer Prize. Note: Space is limited to 300 Kentucky high school students.
Prior to attending the Master Class, the students, who in their school curriculum participate in "current events” type of activities, should read from Professor Henson’s prize-winning editorial series called To Have and To Harm (which touches on the Pulitzer Centennial broader theme of Power: Accountability and Abuse) in order to be active participants during the Master Class discussion.
In advance of the Master Class, we will host a 300-400 word essay contest based on one of these two questions:
- Write about the moment when you knew you were meant to be a writer and describe how it has helped you grow into the person you are today.
- Journalists are often asked to write stories about emotionally charged topics. How would you go about ensuring that your own upbringing and beliefs about the topic (i.e., abortion, gun violence, domestic violence, race) don't get in the way of gathering and presenting the news fairly and accurately?
A complete set of instructions will be sent to the teachers as soon as they register and are confirmed Master Class participants. Two winners of the essay contest will be invited to the stage and provided an opportunity to interview Professor Henson.
CLICK HERE FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION FORM.
High School students will be provided a FREE pizza lunch on site at the Frankfort Convention Center, allowing them to interact with each other and to foster the premise that when they gather they become a community and have an opportunity to share their views and ideas on what they have just experienced in the Master Class. During lunch time the students will have the opportunity to engage Professor Henson in a question and answer session.
MEETING AUTHORS AND SHOPPING
We will have 32 children’s and young adult authors at Kids Day on Friday for students to meet. Their books will be available for purchase and students can have the author sign their books.
|Arrival up to 10 am||High School pre-class shopping|
|10:00am- Noon|| All High School Classes (maximum 300)|
Master Class with Professor Maria Henson
Noon – 1pm
High School Classes have pizza lunch with Maria Henson
1pm - until departure
High School post-class shopping
We also invite schools to apply for a travel grant to help make it possible for students to attend the KBF Kids Day. Ten grants of $300 each are available to schools with students in grades 3 – 12 that plan to attend the event and need assistance. Funds are provided through a generous donation from Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants and other private funds.
Registration for KBF Kids Day and applications for travel grants opens on August 1, 2016, and closes when capacity is reached. All educators will be notified as to whether they have been approved for a travel grant by September 15, 2016. Schedules will be mailed to the teachers no later than October 1, 2016.
Parking will be available for buses. Instructions will be sent with the confirmation packet.
A complete price list will be mailed to teachers in the confirmation packet. We strongly suggest distributing this list to students, so they will know which books are available and how much money to bring. Of course, students are not required to purchase any books. However, many will want to and parents will appreciate knowing ahead of time how much money to send with their child.
August 1, 2016 KBF Kids Day Registration Opens
August 1, 2016 Application for Travel Grants Opens
August 31, 2016 Final Date to Apply for a Travel Grant
Sept. 15, 2016 Teachers notified regarding travel grants
Oct. 1, 2016 Confirmation Packets mailed to the teachers
Oct. 8, 2016 Date that the essays are due
Nov. 4, 2016 KBF Kids Day
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR KIDS DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS