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Spring Festival Facebook Competition

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Over the coming weeks, we will be running a Facebook Competition. You can enter the competition to win a selection of books by author and illustator, Steve Jenkins. To enter all you have to do is like the post, and provide a comment relating to the Spring Festival of Children's Literature. See


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Over the coming weeks, we will be starting our first Twitter competition. Enter the contest to win a selection of books written and illustrated by presenters at the Spring Festival of Children's Literature 2014. To enter, all you have to do is follow @CLCFSU and retweet the competition message. For terms and conditions, please click here.


Dr. B's Quick Picks!

Wondering what Dr. Bingman's new CLC favorite reads are? Below you will find the books sitting on his night stand. Enjoy, booksworms!




Where My Wellies Take Me...

By: Oivia Lomenech Gill


"Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it's sunshiney or cold - long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors, personally chosen by Clare and Michael Morpurgo. Part poetry anthology, part child's scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instil a love of language in young children." (Google Books)

"The President Has Been Shot"

By: James L. Sawnson


"Swanson deploys his signature "you are there" style — a riveting, ticking-clock pace, with an unprecedented eye for dramatic details and impeccable historical accuracy — to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never been told before. The book is illustrated with archival photos, and has diagrams, source notes, bibliography, places to visit, and an index." (


The CLC & FSU Students Invade Ireland!


Over two weeks in January, Dr. Bingman and Dr. Ornstein took five graduate students and six undergraduate students to The Emerald Isle. There, students had the opportunity to share American children's literature, teach, and observe in multiple Irish classrooms. They also had the opportunity to travel all over the country and visit popular attractions such as, The Blarney Castle and Stone, The Bunratty Castle, The Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, Galway,Cork, and many more places. Click on the links below to follow along the students adventures via their blogs!

Students Blogs:

Sarah Fuller

Courtney Hersch

Maryssa Castillo

Susan Sebastian

Yasi Parsi

Katie Raith

Hannah Hare

Whitney Rhodes

Julie Thomas

Addie Eisentrout

Elle Wilson