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FSU Presents the 24th Annual Festival of Children’s Literature

The 2006 Spring Festival of Children’s Literature will be held Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, on the campus of Frostburg State University. In its 24th year, the festival features an impressive array of award-winning authors and illustrators including Megan McDonald, Katie Davis, Carolyn Reeder and Javaka Steptoe.

Megan McDonald is a best-selling author of books for young readers. Working in museums, libraries, bookstores and even as a park ranger gave McDonald a wide variety of experience to draw upon in her writing. She studied English as an undergraduate at Oberlin College before receiving her Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her best known work includes the “Judy Moody” series, “The Great Pumpkin Switch,” “Penguin and Little Blue” and “Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid.”

Katie Davis is a graduate of Boston University whose own children inspire the stories she both writes and illustrates. Before becoming an award-winning author, Davis worked in public relations where she developed an awareness of her audience and the ability to speak the language of those her work is targeting. She has penned several books for children including the now classic “Scared Stiff,” as well as “I Hate to Go to Bed,” “Kindergarten Rocks!” and “Who Hoots?”

Before becoming an award winning author, Carolyn Reeder was first a mother and teacher. She was a passionate reader, but soon discovered that writing was just as pleasurable. Reeder is the author of many historical fiction novels set between 1861 and 1933. Her readers range from fourth grade to ninth grade, and her titles include “Shades of Gray,” “Across the Lines,” “Foster’s War,” “Before the Creek Ran Red,” “Captain Kate” and “The Secret Project Notebook. “

Javaka Steptoe has been drawing from a very early age and prefers to use pictures to tell his tales rather than just words. His first book, “In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall,” won both the 1997 Reading Magic Award and the 1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. While his work is directed mainly toward children, people of all ages will appreciate his books’ messages of unity and family pride. Other works of Steptoe’s include “A Pocketful of Poems,” “The Jones Family Express,” “Do You Know What I’ll Do?” and “Hot Day on Abbott Avenue.”

Started by FSU Professor William Bingman, the Festival of Children’s Literature has grown over the years into a gathering of approximately 350 librarians, educators, parents and students who come together to celebrate the legacy of children’s literature. The Festival provides an opportunity for participants to interact with the featured authors and illustrators whose words bring characters to life influencing young minds to read.

The Festival’s agenda includes a large group presentation by the authors and illustrators, presented in a personal, relaxed environment and in a number of smaller, informative group sessions. Topics range from selecting quality children’s literature for the classroom to keeping social studies alive through historical fiction.

A special feature of the Festival, The R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Hour, will be held on Friday afternoon, April 28, beginning at 4:15 p.m. for children aged 4-13. Age- specific workshops will be presented by the authors during which they will share their work as well as the process of writing, illustrating and the enjoyment both can bring.

Admission to the Festival is by registration only and is limited in number. Pre-registration is required and pre-orders are available for the books that will be showcased at the Festival.

The Festival is administered by the Frostburg State University Foundation Inc., and sponsored by the FSU Department of Educational Professions and the Children’s Literature Centre. For more information contact Dr. William Bingman at 301-687-4420.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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