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The 55th Annual Illinois Reading Council (IRC) Conference, which took place from March 14-15, 2024, was indeed an enriching experience for educators across grade levels and subject areas. Held at the Bank of Springfield Center, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield, Illinois, the conference provided a valuable platform for teachers, specialists, and administrators to gather insights and resources to enhance their practice. Featuring a diverse lineup of speakers, attendees had the opportunity to delve into innovative pedagogical approaches and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Notably, authors Barbara Gregorich and Carol Saller delivered a compelling session on March 15. Titled “Injustice and MG/YA Fiction: Reading to Inspire Hope and Social Action,” their talk explored pertinent themes in middle-grade and young adult literature. Attended by educators, librarians, and fellow authors, the session sparked meaningful conversations about leveraging literature to foster hope and drive social change, aligning with the conference’s ethos of promoting literacy as a catalyst for empowerment and advocacy.

Immerse yourself in the captivating narratives of The F Words by Barbara Gregorich and Maddie’s Ghost by Carol Saller. Explore the rich worlds crafted by these talented authors, delving into the complexities of young adult and middle-grade fiction. Join the journey of self-discovery, resilience, and social awareness depicted in these compelling stories. Whether you’re an educator, a young reader, or simply a lover of literature, these books offer a unique opportunity to explore themes of injustice, hope, and the power of storytelling. Grab your copy today and be inspired to ignite change in your own life and community.

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