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Mark Your Calendar for the 34th Annual

Spring Festival of Children's Literature!


April 29th - 30th, 2016

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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. 

2016 Featured Authors & Illustrators


Peter Brown

Bryan Collier

Barb Rosenstock

Gary Schmidt 

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.

Click here to apply!

Professional Development

Workshop Information 

(Formally known as Small Group Sessions)

This year, our Professional Development Workshops will be open sessions. This means that you will no longer have to select which session to attend in advance!clc

Mailing Sign-Up

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

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


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          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