Frostburg State University will present the 30th annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. 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 “Bringing Dreams to Life.” David Wiesner, Pam Munoz Ryan, Peter Catalanotto and Judy Schachner will be the award-winning authors and illustrators headlining the event. Each of these writers has created children’s stories about bringing dreams to life.
The agenda for the festival includes informative small-group sessions and large presentations offered in a personal and relaxed environment. Topics range from engaging children with literature to energizing students with innovative technology. 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 attend the R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Hour at the Lane University Center on Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Children’s Literature Center and gives children the opportunity to attend a short workshop with one of the festival’s featured speakers. The books will be available for purchase before the sessions, and there will be time for autographing immediately following. To register, contact Dr. Jodi Welsch at 301-687-3096 or email@example.com.
Wiesner is a native of New Jersey and was known as “the kid who could draw.” He attended Rhode Island School of Design and began compiling picture books. A three-time Caldecott Award winner, Wiesner spends several years on each of his picture books. His titles include “Flotsam,” “Art and Max,” “Tuesday” and “The Three Pigs.”
Ryan is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. She has been awarded the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Award for Multicultural Literature and the Willa Cather Literary Award. She has written “Esperanza Rising,” “The Dreamer,” “Riding Freedom,” “Hello Ocean” and “Tony Baloney.”
Catalanotto grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He intended to become a painter and cartoonist but instead became a children’s book author and illustrator. He has illustrated 42 picture books, and his works include “Mr. Mumble,” “Emily’s Art,” “Matthew A.B.C.,” “Sleepsong,” “Dylan’s Day Out” and “Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All.”
Schachner graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She is a children’s book author and illustrator and compiled the popular Skippyjon Jones book series. The first book in this series landed Schachner the first annual E.B. White Read Aloud Award. Her other works include “Willy and May,” “Mr. Emmerson’s Cook” and “Grannyman.”
Advance registration to the festival is required. Pre-orders are available for the books that will be featured at the festival. The festival is supported by the FSU Foundation and is 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.
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.