Spring Festival of Children's Literature

Mark Your Calendar for the 38th Annual
Spring Festival of Children's Literature!

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Save the Date!
April 24-25, 2019

Final plans are being made for the 2019 Spring Festival of Children’s Literature! This year’s Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2020, and takes place in the Lane University Center on Frostburg State University campus. An impressive group of award-winning authors and illustrators will be announced, keep checking back! Each of these presenters has created stories which inspire children to become lifelong readers.

Each year, we pack the house full of librarians, educators, parents and students come to Frostburg State University’s campus to share their love of children’s literature, and to learn more about successful ways to share that love with children. In the “share and learn” atmosphere of the Spring Festival, adults who direct children’s learning interact first-hand with authors and illustrators, who bring characters to life and inspire children to read.

Book Sales

Festival attendees have the opportunity to purchase books, that can be signed by authors and illustrators at the event! To reserve books for purchase at Festival, please email clc@frostburg.edu. The available books for sale will be listed soon. 

Professional Development Workshop Information

(Formally known as Small Group Sessions)

Founded in 1982, our annual Festival brings children's literature to the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland. It offers an opportunity for librarians, educators, parents, students, and other advocates to experience firsthand interaction with the celebrated authors and illustrators who bring us the joy of literature. The Festival provides presentations and informative professional development sessions in a personal, relaxed environment. The Children's Literature Centre at Frostburg State University encourages proposals by first-time presenters, as well as seasoned presenters. Criteria for selection will be include relevance to children's literature or profession, scholarly quality of the proposal, audience participation, and the presentation's potential impact upon attendees.

Join us as Frostburg State University in April 2020, as we celebrate the many positive ways that children's literature touches those who we teach. Please note, we will be happy to cover the registration cost for up to two speakers for each professional development workshop.

Deadline: All proposals must be received by October 11, 2019.

To submit a proposal online, please click here


OPEN Professional Development Workshop Sessions FAQS

What does it mean to be “open sessions”?

This year, we are mirroring the style of many other conferences by having our professional development workshops as open sessions. The sessions will not be available to sign up for before the Festival. They are each on a first come, first serve basis. The session will close when all of the seats are filled.

How will I know if my session is full?

We will have “This session is now full” signs on the doors, and the speaker’s facilitator will have a list of other nearby open sessions. Also, you should be sure to sign up for our text alerts. We will be sending out notifications as sessions become full.

How can I make sure to get the sessions I want?

In the program, we will have a list of the sessions that are in the Lane Center and in CCIT with their respective room numbers. We have also added a space to choose your top three picks for the first and second sessions prior to the start of the sessions. We are working to make floor plans available to you so that you can map out where your preferred sessions are located.

I have other questions!

You can email or call our office to ask any additional questions you may have.

Email: clc@frosburg.edu
Phone: 301.687.3133

Annetta and Lloyd Marshall Scholarship

Annetta Hammill Marshall had a passion for teaching and a passion for children's literature. As a teacher in the Allegany County school system for 38 years and a supervisor of FSU interns, Marshall created many lifelong connections with former students and colleagues. Her love of literature led to a wonderful friendship with the Children's Literature Centre. In 2004, she established the Annetta H. and Lloyd M. Marshall Scholarship to provide registration fees for teacher canidates to attend the annual Spring Festival of Children's Literature, as well as to support the various endeavors of the Centre. Her support has been invaluable to the CLC, and her friendship was priceless. CLC will honor her legacy by continuing to bring the joy of children's literature to future generations.

Apply online for the 2018 Annetta and Lloyd Marshall Scholarship.

Professional Development Credit for Teachers

Educators from Maryland and Pennsylvania have the opportunity to earn 1 credit for Continuing Professional Development at this year's festival!

In order to earn 1 credit towards your recertification, you must attend BOTH days of Festival (Friday evening and Saturday).

Please visit our Credit Information page to learn more.

Thank you to our 2019 Featured Authors & Illustrators!

Resources for 2019 Registrants

(as indicated on your confirmation card)

Online Resources

Delve into the world of children’s literature at the Children’s Literature Centre’s annual Spring Festival on April 27th-28th. Traditionally held on the last weekend in April, this annual event attracts participants from the Eastern United States.

The purpose of the Festival is to provide librarians, educators, students, and other advocates the opportunity to experience first-hand interaction with celebrated authors, illustrators and storytellers. Our featured speakers for 2017 were Loren Long, Greg Pizzoli, Mara Rockliff, and Jordan Sonnenblick. Professional Development Workshops on current educational topics, as well as book sales, autographing & a luncheon are included in the Festival registration. The Festival concludes with the presentation of the Betty Roemmelmeyer Children’s Literature Advocate Award, given to a teacher, librarian, or individual that possesses and nurtures a love of literature.

The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award

The Betty Roemmelmeyer Advocate Award is given to a teacher, librarian, or other advocate who exhibits a love of children's literature and strives to share it with others. The award winner is chosen by a selection committee and announced at the Festival luncheon each year. Anyone wishing to make a nomination should send a letter of recommendation to the Children's Literature Centre by January 1, 2019!

Nominations can be sent to the following address or email address, or make an online nomination here.

Dr. William Bingman
Department of Educational Professions
Frostburg state University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532


Congratulations to our 2019 award winner,
National Librarian, Ali Schilpp!

Mailing Sign-Up

Sign up online to be on the Spring Festival mailing list.

Show Off Your Students' Work!

Are you interested in having your students create an art display for the Festival? Each teacher that submits a display will receive a free book coupon at the Festival and will be entered into a drawing to win an entire collection of autographed books from the Festival presenters. Displays must relate to a book by an author or illustrator at the Festival. For more information or to express interest, contact Dr. Sarah O'Neal at smoneal@frostburg.edu or clc@frostburg.edu 

Previous Festival's Guest Authors and Illustrators

  • Verna Aardema
  • Sally Alexander
  • Kathi Appelt
  • Jose Aruego
  • Jennifer Ashabranner
  • Molly Bang
  • Cece Bell
  • Rebecca Benton
  • Mary Berry
  • Phil Bildner
  • Robert Blake
  • Fred Bowen
  • Muriel Miller Branch
  • Bill Brittain
  • Bruce Brooks
  • Peter Brown
  • Ashley Bryan
  • Carol Buckley
  • Scott Bunn
  • Tommy Casciero
  • Scott Campbell
  • Peter Catalanotto
  • Lynne Cherry
  • Grace Chetwin
  • Gennifer Choldenko
  • R. Gregory Christie
  • Henry Cole
  • Jane Conly
  • Marita Conlon-McKenna
  • Bryan Collier
  • Chris Conover
  • Jimmy Cook
  • Floyd Cooper
  • Katie Davis
  • Carmen Agra Deedy
  • Tomie DePaola
  • Lulu Delacre
  • Crescent Dragonwagon
  • Robing and Patricia DeWitt
  • Robert Dunbar
  • Jane Dyer
  • Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Laura Malone Elliott
  • Michael Emberley
  • Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • Denise Fleming
  • Leonard Everett Fisher
  • Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
  • Brian Floca
  • Jean Fritz
  • Gail Gibbons
  • Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Barbara Girion
  • Mary Downing Hahn
  • Cheryl Harness
  • David L. Harrison
  • Marc Harshman
  • Kendall Haven
  • Mary Haynes
  • M.C. Helldorfer
  • Ruth Heller
  • Will Hillenbrand
  • Will Hobbs
  • Margaret Hodges
  • Sara Holbrook
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Deborah Hopkinson
  • Gloria Houston
  • Pat Hutchins
  • Steve Jenkins
  • Rebecca Jones
  • Lita Judge
  • Gloria Kamen
  • Keiko Kasza
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Margaret Kimmel
  • Daniel Kirk
  • Elaine Konisburg
  • Steven Kroll
  • John Langstaff
  • Helen Lester
  • Betsy Lewin
  • Ted Lewin
  • E.B. Lewis
  • Tom Lichtenheld
  • Thomas Locker
  • Loren Long
  • George Ella Lyon
  • P.J. Lynch
  • John Manders
  • Ralph Masiello
  • Rafe Martin
  • Elaine Meyers
  • Gerald McDermott
  • Megan McDonald
  • Colleen McKenna
  • Ben Mikaelson
  • Claudia Mills
  • Hughes Moir
  • Marquerite Murray
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Kadir Nelson
  • Vaunda Nelson
  • David Neuhaus
  • Jerdine Nolen
  • Jennifer O’Connell
  • Isaac Olaleye
  • Kevin O’Malley
  • Helen Oxenbury
  • R.J.Palacio
  • Siobhan Parkinson
  • Lillie G. Patterson
  • Nancy Patz
  • Richard Peck
  • Audrey Penn
  • Erica Perl
  • Matt Phelan
  • Brian Pinkney
  • Elise Primavera
  • Bonnie Pryor
  • Doreen Rappaport
  • Paul Ratz deTagyos
  • Carolyn Reeder
  • Ann Rockwell
  • Colby Rodowsky
  • Michael Rosen
  • Barb Rosenstock
  • Susan Roth
  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Mary Quattlebaum
  • Robert Sabuda
  • Daniel San Souci
  • Robert San Souci
  • Karen Schmidt
  • Gary Schmidt
  • Harold Scott
  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Brenda Seabrooke
  • Brian Selznick
  • Steve Sheinkin
  • Ellen Showell
  • Linda Shute
  • Pam Smallcomb
  • Peter Spier
  • Diane Stanley
  • Susan Fisher Staples
  • Javaka Steptoe
  • Melissa Sweet
  • Matt Tavares
  • Cynthia Voight
  • Martin Waddell
  • Karen Waggoner
  • Cheryl Ware
  • Walter Wick
  • Deborah Wiles
  • Karen Williams
  • Mike Wimmer
  • David Wisniewski
  • Susan Wojiechowski
  • Douglas Wood
  • Kaethe Zemak

Contact Us

Children's Literature Centre
Frostburg State University
206 Frampton Hall
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Email: clc@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301.687.3133