The 2004 Spring Festival of Children’s Literature will be held Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, on the campus of Frostburg State University. In its 22nd year, the Festival features an impressive group of award-winning authors and illustrators including Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Denise Fleming, Brian Selznick and Douglas Wood.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an author of both fiction and non-fiction books for children. She entered college as an art major but by her sophomore year realized that it wasn’t her calling. She graduated with a teaching degree and taught eighth-grade English for 18 years. She published her first book in 1989 and her first picture book in 1992. She published other books while teaching and, in 1997, became a full-time writer. Some of her titles include “The Flag Maker,” “The Christmas Promise,” “Nobody’s Nosier than a Cat” and “My Name is America: Finn Reardon.”
Denise Fleming is the author and illustrator of 11 books for children. Fleming is a native of Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughter. A graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she and her husband worked at a variety of art jobs before deciding to become free-lance artists. She creates her illustrations through pulp painting. "The whole process is wet, messy and wonderful -- I haven't picked up a brush or a colored pencil since I discovered papermaking." Her work, “In The Small, Small Pond,” published in 1994, is a Caldecott Honor Book.
Brian Selznick is also a Caldecott-Honor winning illustrator and a New York Times best-selling author. His interest in art began as a child, but he didn’t become interested in children’s books until he began working for Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York. His first book, “The Houdini Box,” was published in 1991 while he was still working at Eeyore’s. Selznick has illustrated books about famous people such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson and Waterhouse Hawkins. “When you draw someone’s face over and over again, you begin to feel a bit like you know them.” Selznick lives in Brooklyn.
Douglas Wood is an author, artist, musician, naturalist, and wilderness guide from Minnesota. His work has been heralded for taking his readers on a “journey of self-discovery.” His books, considered inspirational, focus on themes of nature. They include “Old Turtle,” “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth,” “What Teacher’s Can’t Do,” “A Quiet Place,” as well as several books for adults.
Each year, approximately 350 librarians, educators, parents and students come to FSU to share their love of children’s literature, and to learn more about successful ways to share that love with children. The Literature Festival provides an opportunity for its participants to interact first-hand with the featured authors and illustrators who bring characters to life and inspire children to read. Participants also mingle with fellow educators and exchange ideas and wisdom.
The agenda for the Festival includes large group presentations by the featured authors and illustrators, offered in a personal and relaxed environment, as well as informative small group sessions. Topics range from selecting quality children’s books for a classroom to keeping social studies alive with historical fiction. An extensive book selection is available for purchase and autographing opportunities. The Festival was the brainchild of Dr. William Bingman, an FSU professor, who looked for a way to honor two colleagues, both of whom loved children's literature. The Festival has become a testament to those who enjoy and care about children’s literature.
A special feature of the festival, The R. Margaret Hamilton Children's Hour, will be held on Friday, April 30, at 4 p.m. for children ages 4 to 13. Age specific workshops are presented by the authors, in which they share their work with children, as well as the process of writing and illustrating. Registration is required.
Admission to the Festival is by registration only and is limited in number. Pre-registration is required, and pre-orders are available for books that will be featured at the Festival.
The Festival is administered by the Frostburg State University Foundation and sponsored by the FSU Department of Educational Professions and the Children's Literature Centre. To register or for more information, call the FSU Children Literature Institute at (301) 687-4420 or visit online at www.frostburg.edu/projects/clc/
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.