2015 Children’s and Young Adult 

Literature Festival:  April 9-April 14

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The Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival at Salisbury University will focus on diverse voices in Children's and Young Adult Literature this year.  Highlights include an exhibit of original art by Caldecott honor recipient Bryan Collier, talks by this year's Newbery Award winning author Kwame Alexander, two award winning authors from Australia (Susanne Gervay and James Roy), Green Earth Book Award winning author Teena Gorrow, and activist Isatou Ceesay from Gambia joined by Miranda Paul of We Need Diverse Books.

 

Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule

Art Exhibit

Registration for Conference

Festival in Years Past

Directions and Accommodations

 

 

Schedule

 

April 9 (Thursday) at 5 pm

 

 

Great Hall of Holloway Hall

Young Author reception

with Susanne Gervay

 

Free Event Open to Public

April 10 (Friday):

Various locations

Authors in schools

 

School based

April 11 (Saturday):  9 am to 2 pm 

226 TETC

Room to Breathe:

Diversity and Literature Conference

Kwame Alexander, Bryan Collier, Suzanne Gervay, Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay, James Roy, Sushmita Mazumdar, Teena Gorrow, Diana Hastings

 

Registration: $35 (Gullcard $20)

Registration for Conference

April 11 (Saturday):  2 pm 

226 TETC

Opening Reception of Bryan Collier's Art Exhibit

 

 

Free Event Open to Public

April 13 (Monday): 5:30 pm

TBA

Eastern Shore Reading Council Dinner with Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay

 

 

Members Event

April 14 (Tuesday):  1:00 pm

Nanticoke Room

Bryan Collier Lecture

Free Event Open to Public

  

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 "We Will Breath Again: Diversity and Literature Conference" on Saturday April 11 which will take place in the Curriculum Resource Center (226 TETC).   This annual festival hosts authors, illustrators and children's literature professionals including the following featured presenters.     Registration for Conference

 

Kwame Alexander

 

           

 

Alexander is a poet, author of 18 books, and founder of two literacy organizations: Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana. He conducts writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences, has owned several publishing companies, written for the stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, performed around the world, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, worked for the U.S. Government, and taught high school. His most recent book, The Crossover, was the recipient of this year's Newbery Award.  In 2015, Kwame will serve as the Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence. Visit him at http://KwameAlexander.com

 

 

Susanne Gervay

 

    

 

Gervay is one of the most acclaimed authors for youth in Australia. She has published books for all ages. Her rite-of-passage book I Am Jack, focused on school bullying, has been translated into several languages, including Vietnamese and Korean. It recently was released in the United States. Other books include Super Jack and Always Jack. A dramatic version of I Am Jack has been performed in Australia and the USA. For more info visit http://www.sgervay.com/

 

 

 

 

James Roy

 

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Roy is one of the most prolific writers in Australia.  He has published over 30 books for children and young adults. Among his recognitions are the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Western Australia Premier's Award, and a nomination for the German Youth Literature Prize. He speaks and visits over 50 schools per year, both locally and internationally (speaking tours of Switzerland, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan). Currently he serves as the chair of the young adult judging panel for the NSW Literary Awards.  For more information visit http://www.jamesroy.com.au/ 

 

Bryan Collier

 

     

 

Collier, a native of Pocomoke City, MD, is a nationally celebrated artist and illustrator currently residing in New York. In 2011 Collier's Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave received both the Caldecott Honor (his third) and the Coretta Scott King Award.  Collier's illustrations for Knock, Knock won him his 4th 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.  For more information visit http://www.bryancollier.com/ 

 

 

Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay

 

  

Paul is a children's writer who is passionate about creating stories for young readers that inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. In addition to more than 50 short stories for magazines and digital markets, Miranda is the author of several forthcoming picture books from imprints of Lerner, Macmillan, and Random House. Her debut, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is the Executive Vice President of Outreach for We Need Diverse Booksª (www.diversebooks.org) and the administrator of http://RateYourStory.org a site for aspiring writers. Learn more at www.mirandapaul.com.

 

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Ceesay has organized more than 80 Gambian women to crochet coin purses and other things out of strips of plastic from recycled plastic bags. Originally started when Isatou worked for Peace Corps, it is now coordinated through Future in Our Hands, where Isatou is a full-time organizer and trainer of women's skill centers. Peace Corps volunteers continue to work with her and the women she has trained. Isatou presents art workshops in schools for children of all ages.

 

á      Interview with Issatou Ceesay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjiSHK-whIU 

á      One Plastic Bag book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hONmqhNNS4Y

 

 

Sushmita Mazumdar

 

 

 

Mazumdar is a Greater Washington DC area book artist, writer, and educator. She started writing stories for children when her children were little and made them into fun books by hand. Since then, she teaches art education programs for children as well as adult groups to encourage storytelling and passing on cultural heritage from one generation to the next. She is well known for her intricate Handmade Storybooks and her work with the Smithsonian Heritage Programs.

Learn more at:  http://home.comcast.net/~sushmaz/HandmadeStorybook.com/Welcome.html

 

 

 

Teena Ruark Gorrow

 

    

 

Gorrow combined her passion for bald eagles and enjoyment of wildlife photography to capture the remarkable behaviors of America's national symbol during nesting season in her book Inside a Bald Eagle's Nest.  Gorrow, award-winning co-author of The ABCs of Wellness for Teachers and professor of teacher education at Salisbury University, is a career educator whose former roles include public school teacher and administrator. She delights in observing eagles with her husband near their home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her co-author Koppie, an eagle/raptor biologist and eagle spokesperson for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office, has amassed an extensive 30-year work history with bald eagle research and recovery initiatives.

Diana Hastings

 

    

Hastings is a School Library Media Specialist, School Psychologist, Art Therapist, and Recreational Therapist.  She is currently the Youth Services Librarian at the St Michaels Library.  She has extensive experience working in a residential special needs school developing the literacy skills of students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and developmental disabilities.  She is very passionate about using pop-up books across the curriculum to motivate reluctant readers.  She enjoys demonstrating how reading can be motivational and fun!

 

Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule

Art Exhibit

Registration for Conference

Festival in Years Past

Directions and Accommodations

 

 

“The Art of Bryan Collier”

Exhibit in the CRC (TETC 226):

April 11 to May 11

Thirty original works by Bryan Collier

 

    

 

Authors and Illustrators

Tentative Schedule

Art Exhibit

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.

For a discounted rate (mention the "Children's Literature Festival")

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