2016 Children’s and Young Adult 

Literature Festival:  April 12-April 16

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The Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival at Salisbury University
will focus on diversity, creative arts, and the environment in Children's and Young Adult Literature this year. 


Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule


Registration for Conference

Festival in Years Past

Directions and Accommodations





April 12 (Tuesday) at 10 am


Holloway Hall Auditorium

Jennifer Holms

Free Event Open to Public

April 14 (Thursday) at 5 pm
The Wicomico Room:
Guerrieri University Center SU
Young Author Reception: with Carole Boston Weatherford Free Event Open to the Public

April 15 (Friday):

Various locations

Authors in schools


School based

April 16 (Saturday):  9 am to 2 pm 

226 TETC

Diversity, Art and the Enviromnment: The World of Children's Books

Bryan Collier, Teena Gorrow, Jen Cullerton Johnson, Vanessa Salgado, Joe Turner and Mark Robinson, Carole Boston Weatherford


Registration: $30 (Gullcard $20)

Single session $10


Register here!!   Registration for Conference

Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival

Saturday April 16, 2016

"Diversity, Art, and the Environment:

The World of Children’s Books"


8:30                         Coffee and Registration

9:00                         Welcome                                                                                                                             Curriculum Resource Center                            

9:05                         Carol Boston Weatherford (Introduced by Diallo Sessoms)                                                    Curriculum Resource Center

                                Recipient of the NAACP Image Award and Coretta Scott King Award (Author)

9:50                         Jen Cullerton Johnson   (introduced by Ernie Bond)                                                               Curriculum Resource Center

                                Recipient of the Green Earth Book Award honor

                                 With special announcement about the “Sadler Award for Environmental Illustration” 

10:35                       Teena Gorrow, Ted Koppie  (introduced by Patricia Dean)                                                                 Curriculum Resource Center  

                                  Green Earth Book Award recipient.

                                   Joined by April Todd, 2008 Maryland Teacher of the Year and

                                   Dr. Frode Jacobsen, Maryland Bird Conservation Initiative Science Coordinator

11:15                    Joe Turner and Mark Robinson  (introduced by Shanetia Clark)                                                 Curriculum Resource Center  

                            Philadelphia area comic book legends

11:50                    Lunch and Raffle                                                                                                                       226 A and the Reading Room  

                            Booksigning                                                                                                                               Curriculum Resource Center  

12:35                       Bryan Collier  (introduced by Shanetia Clark)                                                                                             Curriculum Resource Center  

Recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award (illustrator), and the Caldecott honor

1:15                      Vanessa Salgado  (introduced by Teena Gorrow)                                                                         Curriculum Resource Center

                                    Recipient of two blue ribbons at the National Maker Faire


Booksigning:  Autographing of books will go on throughout the day in the CRC


For details on the festival and the conference contact the Teacher Education Department at 410-543-6509


The highlight of the Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival is the day-long "Diversity, Art, and the Environment: The World of Child's Books" on Saturday April 16 which will take place in the Curriculum Resource Center (226 TETC) at Salisbury University.   This annual festival hosts authors, illustrators and children's literature professionals including the following featured presenters.     Registration for Conference


Bryan Collier




Bryan Collier, a native of Pocomoke City, MD, is a nationally celebrated artist and illustrator. Collier’s Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave received both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award.  Collier’s illustrations for Knock, Knock won him the Coretta Scott King Award. In 2014, Bryan Collier was the USA nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration, the most prestigious international award for children’s literature.  Trombone Shorty was both Caldecott Honor book and the Coretta Scott king Award winner for 2016. For more information visit http://www.bryancollier.com/ 




Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig Koppie




Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie combined their love for bald eagles, raptor research, and wildlife photography to capture the remarkable nesting behaviors of America’s national symbol in their 2014 Green Earth Book Award winner, Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest. Gorrow, also the award-winning co-author of The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers and professor of teacher education at Salisbury University, is a career educator with a deep appreciation for wildlife and the environment. Koppie, a raptor biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, has a 30-year work history with bald eagle recovery initiatives. They will release the second raptor book in their nest series later this year and hope their work will foster enthusiasm for wildlife and promote environmental stewardship. 

Jennifer Holm


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Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. Her new novel is The Fourteenth Goldfish. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

Jen Cullerton Johnson


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Jen Cullerton Johnson is the author of fiction and creative nonfiction for literary journals and magazines. Johnson holds a MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of New Orleans, a MEd in Curriculum and Development from Loyola University of Chicago, and is an Illinois certified teacher. Her non-fiction children’s book Seeds of Change about the life and work of Noble Peace Prize Winner, Wangari Maathai, received the Green Earth Book Award for children’s nonfiction. Johnson often speaks about Green Literacy and the role of environmental books for children and adults at diverse venues from the Environmental Protection Agency to the International Reading Association. Jen is also a founding member of MuseWrite a literary arts organization based in Chicago. She lives and teaches in Chicago, Illinois.


Vanessa Salgado



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Vanessa Salgado is a New York City based Dance Artist, Educator, and Illustrator. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in partnership with the Alvin Ailey School. Her professional experience ranges from the concert dance stage to the commercial world. Since 2010, she has been performing with CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, where she is a founding company member. Vanessa has been a part of the faculties of numerous dance institutions across Manhattan and has coordinated dance education programs for the oldest performing arts center in New York City. She is co-author and illustrator of Crafterina, a children's book series that celebrates interdisciplinary learning and has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Informa, and METRO US Newspaper, among others. Crafterina has received two blue ribbons from the National Maker Faire. For more information visit www.VanessaSalgado.com  and www.Crafterina.com .


Joe Turner and Mark Robinson


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Joe Turner is the fountain of knowledge on sequential art from Atomic City Comics in Philadelphia. Joe facilitates a mentoring program for teens who are interested in creating comics. Each teen is paired with an author or illustrator of comics who guides the teen through the process. Marc Robinson is a comic book illustrator for Marvel, DC and Image Comics. Together the two will explore youth engagement with comic books.

Carole Boston Weatherford


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Carole Boston Weatherford has been writing books for children since 1995 when Juneteenth Jamboree was published.  Her books have received numerous recognitions. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006 illustrated by Kadir Nelson) won a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and an NAACP Image Award. This year she was honored with her second NAACP Image Award for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America.


Becoming Billie Holiday and Before John Was a Jazz Giant, and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer all received Coretta Scott King Honors. Birmingham, 1963 won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. The Sound that Jazz Makes won the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2005) and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People (2002) both won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Dear Mr. Rosenwald and Before John Was a Jazz Giant received Golden Kite Honors from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule


Registration for Conference

Festival in Years Past

Directions and Accommodations




For the latest information please check with the Teacher Education Department at 410-543-6509

or visit the literature festival Web site at http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~elbond/childlitfestival.html


To see the 2014 Festival Schedule click here 

To see the 2013 Festival Schedule click here 

To see the 2012 Festival schedule click here

To see the 2011 Festival schedule click here

To see the 2010 Festival schedule click here

To see the 2009 Festival highlights click here

To see the 2008 Festival highlights click here


For directions to Salisbury University click here


Guests are invited to stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Fruitland.

Telephone 410-548-1282 

A shuttle service can be arranged with the hotel from the Salisbury Airport


Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule

Art Exhibit

Registration for Conference

Festival in Years Past

Directions and Accommodations