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Regional Educators Urged to Register for FSU Spring Festival of Children’s Literature

Regional Educators Urged to Register for FSU Spring Festival of Children’s Literature
Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson and Matt Phelan

Educators in Maryland and Pennsylvania are encouraged to register for Frostburg State University’s 33rd Annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature this month where teachers can earn credit for continuing professional development.

“It’s one of the most energizing experiences educators can have for professional development in their own back yard with internationally known authors and illustrators,” said Dr. Barbara Ornstein, associate director of FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre.

The festival will be held April 24 and 25 in the Lane University Center, where teachers, librarians and students will be engaged with the latest techniques to boost literacy and build the passion for lifelong reading. Educators can register at A link on the left side of this page instructs educators from Maryland and Pennsylvania how to apply for professional development credits.

The festival provides an extraordinary value with access to experts in the field, breadth of topic areas covered, provided meals and exclusive access to classroom materials just for registering.

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.

The 11 professional development workshops will touch on topics that address Common Core, how to evaluate quality and usefulness of books, books for behavior therapy, engaging teens with technology for interactive writing and more. Administrators from the Association for Library Services to Children will also be on hand to introduce educators to award-winning books. The association administers the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals recognizing the best in children’s literature and illustration, respectively.

This year’s featured authors and illustrators include Scott Campbell, author and illustrator of “Hug Machine”; Brian Floca, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning “Locomotive”; Deborah Hopkinson, award-winning author of more than 45 books for young readers; and Matt Phelan, illustrator for the Newberry winner “The Higher Power of Lucky” by Susan Patron.

Books by these authors can be reserved for purchase on the festival’s website and are available to be autographed at a meet-and-greet session on April 24.

A book sale will be held on the second floor of the Lane Center. Proceeds support the Children Literature Centre’s yearly events. A reception, silent action and door prizes will also be featured.

The festival concludes with the Betty Roemmelmeyer Children’s Literature Advocate Award, 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.

To support the Children’s Literature Centre, contact the FSU Foundation, Inc., at 301-687-4161 or visit

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 information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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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