Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
Friday, October 6 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Filling a Gap in Children's Literature - Where are all the sporty girls?

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The rate of girls' participation in sports has grown at incredible rates since the 1970's era of Title IX. Thanks to Proctor and Gamble, "like a girl", is a campaign that has recently spread worldwide showing that girls can be anything athletic they want to be. We will examine how children's literature is lagging behind in reflecting this growth in sports participation by girls. This session will look at the percentage of female, athletic lead characters in children's books compared to the percentages of participation in sports and fitness and the presenters will share what they are doing to create change in these trends through grass-roots efforts. We hope you will be inspired to participate!


Shelly Boyum-Breen

Author/Public Speaker
Shelly Boyum-Breen has been an athlete her entire life. Kara Douglass Thom discovered her inner-athlete after becoming an adult. Both Minneapolis-based writers didn't know each other at the time, but in 2014 each launched a series of children's books with female athletes as central... Read More →

Kara Thom

Author/Public Speaker
Kara Douglass Thom danced her way through childhood but discovered her inner athlete after running a 5K after college. She was hooked and went on to run many road races and multi-sport events, including seven marathons and two Ironman triathlons. As a journalist she combined her passion... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 110