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Mark Your Calendar for the 34th Annual
Spring Festival of Children's Literature!
April 29th - 30th, 2016
(as indicated on your confirmation card)
Delve into the world of children’s literature at the Children’s Literature Centre’s annual Spring Festival on April 29th-30th. Traditionally held on the last weekend in April, this annual event attracts participants from the Eastern United States.
The purpose of the Festival is to provide librarians, educators, students, and other advocates the opportunity to experience first-hand interaction with celebrated authors, illustrators and storytellers. Our featured speakers for 2015 were Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson and Matt Phelan. Professional Developtment Workshops on current educational topics, as well as book sales, autographing & a luncheon are included in the Festival registration. The Festival concludes with the presentation of the Betty Roemmelmeyer Children’s Literature Advocate Award, given to a teacher, librarian, or individual that possesses and nurtures a love of literature.
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Professional Development Credit for Teachers
Educators from Maryland and Pennsylvania have the opportunity to earn 1 credit for Continuing Professional Development at this year's festival! Please visit Credit Information to learn more (located on the left side of this page).
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Check back for more information on applying for the 2016 Spring Festival!
(Formally known as Small Group Sessions)
The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award
The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award is given to a teacher, librarian, or other advocate who exhibits a love of children's literature and strives to share it with others. The award winner is chosen by a selection committee and announced at the Festival luncheon each year. Anyone wishing to make a nomination should send a letter of recommendation to the Children's Literature Centre by January 1, 2016!
Congratulations to Anne O'Hare, our 2015 recipient!
Show Off Your Students' Work!
Are you interested in having your students create an art display for the Festival? Each teacher that submits a display will receive a free book coupon at the Festival and will be entered into a drawing to win an entire collection of autographed books from the Festival presenters. Displays must relate to a book by an author or illustrator at the Festival. For more information or to express interest, contact Dr. Ornstein at Bornstein@frostburg.edu.
Previous Festival's Guest Authors and Illustrators
Muriel Miller Branch
Carmen Agra Deedy
Robing and Patricia DeWitt
Pamela Duncan Edwards
Laura Malone Elliott
Lisa Campbell Ernst
Leonard Everett Fisher
Patricia Reilly Giff
Mary Downing Hahn
David L. Harrison
Lee Bennett Hopkins
George Ella Lyon
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Lillie G. Patterson
Paul Ratz deTagyos
Daniel San Souci
Robert San Souci
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Susan Fisher Staples