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R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Literature Outreach Events to Feature Authors/Illustrators

R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Literature Outreach Events to Feature Authors/Illustrators
Authors/illustrators Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson and Matt Phelan

As part of Frostburg State University’s 33rd Annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature, the R. Margaret Hamilton Children’s Literature Outreach event, featuring Festival authors and illustrators Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson and Matt Phelan, will be offered Tuesday, April 21, through Friday, April 24, at schools and libraries throughout Allegany County.

These events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by contacting Dr. Jodi Welsch at

Hopkinson will present at local Allegany County schools from April 21 to 24.In Cumberland, she will appear at Washington Middle School on April 22 at 9 and 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as at Braddock Middle School on April 23 at 8 and 9:20 a.m. On April 24, Campbell will speak at the LaVale Library at 10 a.m., Floca will lead a 10 a.m. reading and illustrating session at FSU and Phelan will present at South Penn Elementary School in Cumberland. Book sales and autographing will be available at each location.

Campbell is a creator of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, comics and even video games. He has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. He has recently written and illustrated his own children’s publication titled “Hug Machine,” the inspiration for the Children’s Literature Centre’s “Hug a Book Month,” offering many activities and programs to educators and children’s literature advocates. Some of his most notable works include “Double Fine Action” comics, the “Great Showdown Series” and “Zombie in Love,” and the newly published “Zombie in Love 2+1.”

Floca is an author and illustrator whose books include “Locomotive,” for which he received the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal, “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” “Lightship,” “The Racecar Alphabet” and “Five Trucks.” He has illustrated the Poppy Stories series by Avi, “Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Kate Messner’s “Marty McGuire” novels and, most recently, Lynne Cox’s “Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas.” His books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards, an Orbis Pictus Award, an Orbis Pictus Honor and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators and have twice been selected for The New York Times’ annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list.

Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 40 books for young readers, including picture books, historical fiction and nonfiction. She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book text twice, for “Apples to Oregon” and “A Band of Angels.” Her picture book, “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt,” was the winner of an IRA Award. “Sky Boys,” one of her renowned picture books, is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book. “Titanic, Voices From the Disaster” received a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor and, most recently, was nominated for the 2014-2015 Black-Eyed Susan Award.

Phelan is the author of more than 20 books for young readers. His graphic novel, “Storm in the Barn,” won the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His graphic novel, “Around the World,” received the 2012 Carolyn W. Field Award. His latest graphic novel, “Bluffton,” was awarded the 2014 Jefferson Cup from the Virginia Library Association. In 2014, he was awarded the Children’s Literature Citation from the Free Library of Philadelphia and Drexel University. Phelan is working on a graphic novel version of Snow White, set in New York in 1933.

Educators and others interested in children’s literature can register for the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature, to be held April 24 and 25 in FSU’s Lane Center, at Before April 14, registration is $40 for Friday, $55 for Saturday or $70 for both days. Registration made April 14 or later costs $45, $60 and $76, respectively.

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.


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