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Mark Your Calendar for the 34th Annual

Spring Festival of Children's Literature!


April 29th - 30th, 2016

Resources for 2015 Registrants

(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. 

Do you have suggestions on how to better the Spring Festival of Children's Literature?

Please click here to submit your idea!

Thank you to Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson, and Matt Phelan for being our 2015 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).


To apply for Professional Development Credit,

please click HERE.

Annetta and Lloyd Marshall Scholarship

Annetta Hammill Marshall had a passion for teaching and a passion for children's literature. As a teacher in the Allegany County school system for 38 years and a supervisor of FSU interns, Marshall created many lifelong connections with former students and colleagues. Her love of literature led to a wonderful friendship with the Children's Literature Centre. In 2004, she established the Annetta H. and Lloyd M. Marshall Scholarship to provide registration fees for teacher canidates to attend the annual Spring Festival of Children's Literature, as well as to support the various endeavors of the Centre. Her support has been invaluable to the CLC, and her friendship was priceless. CLC will honor her legacy by continuing to bring the joy of children's literature to future generations.

Check back for more information on applying for the 2016 Spring Festival!

Professional Development Workshop Information 

(Formally known as Small Group Sessions)

Would you like to be a Professional Development Speaker at the 34th annual Spring Festival of Children's Literature? Please click here to submit your proposal!


Mailing Sign-Up

Visit THIS LINK to sign up to be on the Spring Festival mailing list.

Share your 2015 Festival Memories!

Click HERE to tell us about your favorite experiences at last year's festival. Please be sure to include your first and last name.

Festival Raffle

Congratulations Tori Insley on winning this beautiful quilt! Thank you, Roberta Clarke, for donating such a magnificent work of art!


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!


Take a look at our 2015 Authors and Illustrators!

Scott Campbell

Brian Floca

Deborah Hopkinson

Matt Phelan


 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


Book display

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

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

Jean Fritz

Gail Gibbons

Patricia Reilly Giff

Barbara Girion

Mary Downing Hahn

Cheryl Harness

David L. Harrison

Marc Harshman

Kendall Haven

Mary Haynes

Mary Haynes

M.C. Helldorfer

Ruth Heller

Will Hillenbrand

Will Hobbs

Margaret Hodges

Sara Holbrook

Lee Bennett Hopkins

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


Siobhan Parkinson

Lillie G. Patterson

Nancy Patz

Richard Peck

Audrey Penn

Erica Perl

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