Frostburg State University will celebrate the 28th annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg.
The theme for the weekend will be “Literature for the Ages." Laura Malone Elliott, Helen Lester, Barbara Reid and Brian Pinkney will be the award-winning authors and illustrators present this year.
The agenda for the festival includes informative small-group sessions and large-group presentations. Topics range from hosting a successful school-based author visit to enabling students to share literature through the use of technology. Participants mingle with fellow-educators and exchange ideas, purchase books and embrace the wisdom and experience that the visiting authors have to share.
In addition to the adult activities, the R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Hour, for children ages 4 to 13, will be held on Friday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. 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 and the enjoyment they can bring. Open autographing and book sales will be available from 4 to 4:30 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required and can be arranged by contacting Dr. Jodi Welsch at 301-687-3096.
Laura Malone Elliott is an author that has penned several young adult novels and picture books. Her titles include the novels “Under a War-Torn Sky,” “A Troubled Peace” and “Annie, Between the States.” She is also the author of the picture books “Hunter’s Best Friend at School,” “Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown” and “Hunter’s Big Sister.”
Helen Lester, a former elementary teacher, loved reading funny stories to her two sons at bedtime and decided that the world needed more stories to make children laugh. Lester received the Children’s Choice Award from 17 states for “Hooway for Wodney Wat.”
Barbara Reid grew up in Toronto loving to write, but later learned that her greatest talent was in drawing and art. Using her signature plasticine artwork style, she has written and illustrated a variety of picture books for children, which have won numerous awards, including the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award.
Brian Pinkney learned much of his talent from his father, children’s illustrator Jerry Pinkney. As an accomplished illustrator in his own right, Brian has been the recipient of many awards, including a Coretta Scott King Award and two Caldecott Honors.
Admission to the festival is by registration only and is limited in number. Advanced 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. For more information, contact the Centre at 301-687-3133 or Dr. William Bingman at 301-687-4420.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.