Spring Festival of Children's Literature



Join us for our 41st Spring Festival of Children's Literature on

April 26th & 27th, 2024!!


2024 Spring Festival Flyer  


Our Featured Authors & Illustrators will be

Salina Yoon, Dusti Bowling, Frank Morrison, and Hena Khan. 


Register for Festival Here!






  • Book Sales

    You have the opportunity to purchase Festival presenters' books at the Festival in our CLC Book Sales room, second floor of Lane Center. You may put them in Closed Autographing, or stand in Open Autographing to meet the presenters. 


  • 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 candidates 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 for the Annetta & Lloyd Marshall Scholarship

  • 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 first hand 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 includes relevance to children's literature or profession, scholarly quality of the proposal, audience participation, and the presentation's potential impact upon attendees.

    Join us in April 2024, as we celebrate the many positive ways that children's literature touches those we teach. Please note, we will be happy to cover the registration cost for up to two speakers for each professional development workshop.

    To become a Professional Development Workshop speaker for the 2025 Spring Festival of Children's Literature, please fill out the form below.

    Professional Development Workshop Proposals

  • 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 and Saturday).


  • Resources for Teachers 2024

    Delve into the world of children’s literature at the Children’s Literature Centre’s annual Spring Festival on April 26th and 27th. 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 2024 are Dusti Bowling, Salina Yoon, Hena Khan, and Frank Morrsion. 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.

    For current teachers who would like to preview the books that will be sold at this year's spring festival, please visit the website below for activities that you can use in your classroom!

    Children's Literature Centre's 41st Annual Spring Festival of Children's Literature Activity Website 


  • 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, 2023!

    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
    Email: 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
    • Susan Campbell-Bartoletti
    • 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
    • Jerry Craft
    • 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
    • Candace Fleming
    • 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
    • Ryan T. Higgins
    • 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
    • Eric Rohmann
    • 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
    • Andrea Warren
    • Walter Wick
    • Deborah Wiles
    • Karen Williams
    • Mike Wimmer
    • David Wisniewski
    • Susan Wojiechowski
    • Douglas Wood
    • Salina Yoon
    • Kaethe Zemak
    • Elizabeth Zunon
    • Salina Yoon
    • Ryan T. Higgins
    • Jerry Craft 
    • Andrea Warren
    • Beth Ferry
    • Varian Johnson
    • Eric Velasquez

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