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Mark Your Calendar for the 34th Annual
Spring Festival of Children's Literature!
April 28th - 29th, 2017
(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 2016 were Peter Brown, Bryan Collier, Barb Rosenstock and Gary Schmidt. 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.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What does it mean to be “open sessions”?
This year, we are mirroring the style of many other conferences by having our professional development workshops as open sessions. The sessions will not be available to sign up for before the Festival. They are each on a first come, first serve basis. The session will close when all of the seats are filled.
How will I know if my session is full?
We will have “This session is now full” signs on the doors, and the speaker’s facilitator will have a list of other nearby open sessions. Also, you should be sure to sign up for our text alerts. We will be sending out notifications as sessions become full.
How can I make sure to get the sessions I want?
In the program, we will have a list of the sessions that are in the Lane Center and in CCIT with their respective room numbers. We have also added a space to choose your top three picks for the first and second sessions prior to the start of the sessions. We are working to make floor plans available to you so that you can map out where your preferred sessions are located.
I have other questions!
You can email or call our office to ask any additional questions you may have.
Thank you to our 2016
Featured Authors & Illustrators!
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).
We are currently reviewing our Scholarship Applicants. Be on the lookout to see who has been awarded a scholarship to the 34th annual Spring Festival of Children's Literature!
(Formally known as Small Group Sessions)
Join us as Frostburg State University in April 2017, as we celebrate the many positive ways that children's literature touches those who we teach. Please note, we will be happy to cover the registration cost for up to two speakers for each professional developtment workshop.
Deadline: All proposals must be received by June 30, 2016
For more information, please contact Dr. William Bingman,
204-4 Framptom Hall | Frostburg State Univeristy | firstname.lastname@example.org | 301-687-3133
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, 2017!
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Milleson, our 2016 recipient!
Nominations can be sent to the following address:
Dr. William Bingman
Department of Educational Professions
Frostburg state University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
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
Verna Aardema Sally Alexander Kathi Appelt Jose Aruego Jennifer Ashabranner
Molly Bang Rebecca Benton Mary Berry Phil Bildner Robert Blake
Fred Bowen Muriel Miller Branch Bill Brittain Bruce Brooks Ashley Bryan
Carol Buckley Scott Bunn Tommy Casciero Scott Campbell Peter Catalanotto
Lynne Cherry Grace Chetwin Gennifer Choldenko Henry Cole Jane Conly
Marita Conlon-McKenna Chris Conover Jimmy Cook Floyd Cooper Katie Davis
Carmen Agra Deedy Tomie DePaola Lulu Delacre Crescent Dragonwagon
Robing and Patricia DeWitt Robert Dunbar Jane Dyer Pamela Duncan Edwards
Laura Malone Elliott Michael Emberley Lisa Campbell Ernst Denise Fleming
Leonard Everett Fisher Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Brian Floca Jean Fritz Gail Gibbons
Patricia Reilly Giff Barbara Girion Mary Downing Hahn Cheryl Harness David L. Harrison
Marc Harshman Kendall Haven Mary Haynes M.C. Helldorfer Ruth Heller
Will Hillenbrand Will Hobbs Margaret Hodges Sara Holbrook Lee Bennett Hopkins
Deborah Hopkinson Gloria Houston Pat Hutchins Steve Jenkins Rebecca Jones
Lita Judge Gloria Kamen Keiko Kasza Steven Kellogg Margaret Kimmel
Daniel Kirk Elaine Konisburg Steven Kroll John Langstaff Helen Lester
Betsy Lewin Ted Lewin E.B. Lewis Tom Lichtenheld Thomas Locker Loren Long
George Ella Lyon P.J. Lynch John Manders Ralph Masiello Rafe Martin
Elaine Meyers Gerald McDermott Megan McDonald Colleen McKenna Ben Mikaelson
Claudia Mills Hughes Moir Marquerite Murray Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Kadir Nelson
Vaunda Nelson David Neuhaus Jerdine Nolen Jennifer O’Connell Isaac Olaleye
Kevin O’Malley Helen Oxenbury R.J.Palacio Siobhan Parkinson Lillie G. Patterson
Nancy Patz Richard Peck Audrey Penn Erica Perl Matt Phelan Brian Pinkney
Elise Primavera Bonnie Pryor Doreen Rappaport Paul Ratz deTagyos Carolyn Reeder
Ann Rockwell Colby Rodowsky Michael Rosen Susan Roth Cynthia Rylant
Mary Quattlebaum Robert Sabuda Daniel San Souci Robert San Souci Karen Schmidt
Harold Scott Laura Vaccaro Seeger Brenda Seabrooke Brian Selznick Ellen Showell
Linda Shute Pam Smallcomb Peter Spier Diane Stanley Susan Fisher Staples
Javaka Steptoe Melissa Sweet Matt Tavares Cynthia Voight Martin Waddell
Karen Waggoner Cheryl Ware Walter Wick Deborah Wiles Karen Williams
Mike Wimmer David Wisniewski Susan Wojiechowski Douglas Wood Kaethe Zemak