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Children’s Authors and Illustrators to Present Summer Institute at Frostburg State University

Children’s Authors and Illustrators to Present Summer Institute at Frostburg State University
George Ella Lyon, Marc Tyler Nobleman and Jackie Urbanovic
The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre will present its annual Summer Author Institute the week of July 9 to 13 on the FSU campus. Undergraduate or graduate course credit is available for attending the workshop, which will feature three children’s authors and/or illustrators, George Ella Lyon, Marc Tyler Nobleman and Jackie Urbanovic.

Lyon is an accomplished author who has published picture books, juvenile novels and poetry. She was born in Harlan, a small coal-mining town in eastern Kentucky, and her books frequently take place in Appalachia. Lyon first published a poetry collection called “Mountain” in 1983. Aside from publishing, she has taught writing at a number of colleges, including the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Transylvania University and Radford University. Lyon teaches writing through workshops, conferences and author visits.

Nobleman is the author of more than 70 books for young people on subjects ranging from ghosts to Groundhog Day, shipwrecks to Superman. He writes regularly for “Nickelodeon” and is a cartoonist. One of his favorite aspects of his job is speaking; he travels the country giving presentations at schools, libraries and museums On his blog,, he reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of his books, from exciting research moments to zany promotional efforts.

Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of “Duck at the Door,” “Duck Soup” and “Duck and Cover,” as well as the illustrator of “If You're Hoppy” by April Pulley Sayre. She has also illustrated a number of other stories, including “Same, Same,” “Grandpa Dragon and My Peach Tree Moms,” “The Boy Who Captured the Moon” and “Zoo Magic.” Urbanovic created the pictures of Flo and Mo found on the Rainbow Rumpus website. She lives in Silver Spring, Md.

The workshop offers participants an opportunity to design curricular materials for use with children, study the work of the three featured speakers and interview one speaker as part of an author/illustrator study. This course is designed for current and pre-service teachers, as well as community members with an interest in children’s literature.

Institute participants can earn three graduate or undergraduate credits during the week-long course. For more information, contact Dr. Jodi Welsch at 301-687-3096 or 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 or

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. -end-

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