Frostburg State University will present the 29th annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Each year librarians, educators, parents and students come to the campus of FSU for the event to share their love of children’s literature and to learn more about successful ways to share that love with children.
The theme for the weekend will be “Children’s Literature: Inspiring Compassion, Courage, Friendship and Love.” Kathi Appelt, Carol Buckley, Carmen Agra Deedy and Lita Judge will be the award-winning authors and illustrators headlining the event. Each of these writers has created stories that remind children about the importance of acting with compassion, courage, friendship and love.
The agenda for the festival includes informative small-group sessions and large presentations offered in a personal and relaxed environment. Topics range from literature circles to teaching reading with Smart Boards. Participants mingle with fellow educators and exchange ideas, purchase books and embrace the wisdom and experience that the visiting authors have to share.
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to the R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Hour on Friday afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Age-specific workshops are presented by the authors, in which they share their work with children, as well as the process of writing, illustrating and the enjoyment they can bring. Open autographing and book sales will be available from 4 to 4:30 p.m. To register, contact Dr. Jodi Welsch at 301-687-3096.
Appelt is a member of the faculty at Vermont College’s Master of Fine Arts program. She is the author of over 30 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards, including the Children’s Choice Award. Her debut novel, “The Underneath,” was a National Book Award finalist and a Newberry Honor Book.
Buckley is a co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., for which she has been honored with the 2001 Genesis Award and A Hero for the Planet Award. She has been featured in People and The New York Times Magazine. Her children’s picture books, “Travels with Tarra,” “Just for Elephants” and “Tarra and Bella: An Elephant and Her Dog,” reflect her passion about the care of elephants.
Deedy was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a refugee when she was a child. She has been telling and writing stories for over 20 years, and she has won numerous awards for her books. Some of her books include “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” “The Library Dragon,” “The Yellow Star” and “14 Cows for America.”
Judge is an Alaskan native who has written and illustrated a variety of picture books for children. She has won numerous awards, including the IRA Children’s Book Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book and the Junior Library Guild Selection. Her works include “One Thousand Tracings,” “Pennies for Elephants” and “Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West.”
Admission to the festival is by registration only and is limited in number. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact the Centre at 301-687-3113 or Dr. William Bingman at 301-687-4420.
Pre-orders are available for the books that will be featured at the festival. Autographing will also be available. The festival is supported by the FSU Foundation and sponsored by the FSU Department of Educational Professions and the Children’s Literature Centre.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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.