See the 2008 Festival highlights below

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Salisbury University’s
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival
April 1-3, 2008

April 1:

4:00 PM    Robert Buchanan "The Work of Polar Bears International" -- 103 Henson Hall, Salisbury University

5:00 PM   Young Author Reception -- Most Blessed Sacrament School.  Winners  of the Eastern Shore Reading Council's Young Author Contest will be presented with their awards.

               Keynote Speaker -- Phillip Hoose

April 2:

1:00-1:45  David Wiesner – Caruthers Hall Auditorium, Salisbury University

2:00-2:45 Phillip Hoose "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird" – Caruthers Hall Auditorium

3:00-3:45 Panel on Environmental Writing 
Speakers:  – Jean Davies Okimoto; O.R. Melling; Adrian Fogelin – Caruthers Hall Auditorium

4:45 Eastern Shore Reading Council Banquet -- Worcester Room, GC, Salisbury University
Speaker: David Wiesner 
Cost for Banquet $25 for ESRC members, $32 for nonmembers. (Contact Brandy Terrill at for more information)

5:30 Community Event: Local environmental organizations will have tables with information and children's activities.

green earth

Salisbury University is pleased to co-sponsor the Green Earth Book Awards, the nation's first environmental stewardship book award.
For more information about the award please visit the Newton Marasco Foundation website

7:00 Green Earth Book Award Reception   Wicomico Room, GC  
Speaker -- Phillip Hoose
Awardees –  Jean Davies Okimoto; O.R. Melling; Cambria Gordon
Honor Recipients -- Adrian Fogelin, Henry Cole

April 3:  

10-11:45 Reception at Poplar Hill Mansion
1:15 --  at the Wicomico Library Jean Okimoto and Adrian Fogelin followed by booksigning

1:15 --  at the Ward Museum  O.R. Melling and Cambria Gordon followed by booksigning

hey little ant

Salisbury University is one of the sponsors of the Hey Little Ant essay contest. Please visit Phillip Hoose's website for more information

David Wiesner
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David Wiesner has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books for young readers. Three of his picturebooks, which he both writes and illustrates have won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007.  Wiesner is only the second person in the Caldecott award’s long history to have won three times.  Two of his other titles, Sector 7 and Free Fall, are Caldecott Honor Books. His books have garnered numerous other awards and honors making him one of the best known children's book illustrators in the world.

Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area.

Visit his publisher's website for "The Art of Visual Storytelling"

Phillip Hoose
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Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the MULTI-AWARD WINNING The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, the National Book Award Finalist We Were There, Too! Young People in US History and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism It's Our World Too!

Hey, Little Ant
co-authored with his daughter Hannah is a favorite with many elementary school teachers. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Hoose has been a staff member of The Nature Conservancy since 1977. Through the American Birding Association, he co-founded the Cuba Initiative, a fund to provide materials such as binoculars and field guides and art supplies to bird educators in Cuba.

A songwriter and performing musician, Phillip Hoose is a founding member of the Children's Music Network. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Visit his website
and his Postcards from the Field essay from the Nature Conservancy website

Jean Davies Okimoto

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Okimoto is the recipient of the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award, the International Reading Assoication's Reader's Choice Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice Award, the Parents' Choice Award, the Washington Governor's Award, the Maxwell Medallion for Best Children's Book of the Year.  Her picturebook Winston of Churchill, One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming is the winner of this year's GEBA for children's fiction.

Visit her website

O.R. Melling
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Born in Ireland, OR Melling grew up in Toronto with her seven sisters and two brothers. At eighteen, she hitch-hiked across Canada and down through California, seeking adventure. A year later, she was off to Malaysia and Borneo on a youth exchange program. That set her motto for life, "to travel hopefully." During her years at university, she was an ROUTP cadet (reserve officer university training program), achieving the rank of Sublieutenant (Naval Reserve). She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Celtic Studies, and an M.A. Medieval Irish History. To date, her books have been translated into German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Czech, and Slovenian. She lives in a small town by the Irish Sea with her teenage daughter, Findabhair, and her cat, Emma.

Visit her website at

Cambria Gordon
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Cambria Gordon is the co-author with Laurie David of The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming. A former award-winning advertising copywriter, she now pursues children's writing full time.  She has written the nonfiction book Fifty Nifty Crafts to Make with Things Around the House and an episode of Madeline, the award-winning animated television series, for the Disney Channel.  The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming is being published in nine countries and is the GEBA winner in the nonfiction category.  Cambria Gordon is a member of the NRDC Leadership Council, serves on the board of EcoPerks and lives with her husband and three children in Pacific Palisades, California.

Adrian Fogelin

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Adrian Fogelin has written seven award winning novels for young readers including Crossing Jordan, My Brother's Hero, The Real Question, and The Real Question.  Her latest novel  The Sorta Sisters was an honor receipient for the GEBA. In this beautifully written story, two young tweens with a love of nature begin a penpal friendship which helps them cope with the uncertainties in their lifes.

Visit her Website

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Henry Cole is the author and illustrator of numerous acclaimed books. He grew up in Virginia and studied forestry at Virginia Tech. He was also an elementary school science teacher for 18 years. He is the illustrator of Katy Duck, Oink, Shiver Me Letters, and many other children's books. Henry Cole's On Meadowview Street is one of the honor books for the Green Earth Book Award in the children's fiction category. 

Visit his website at

Robert Buchanan


Polar Bears International is dedicated to understanding and communicating all points of view on issues affecting polar bears throughout the world. A little over two decades ago Robert Buchanan saw his first polar bear in the wild and ever since that moment he has gone back each year to experience the incredible creatures that stole his heart. Robert was asked to join PBI's Board of Directors in 2000 and was elected president a year later. He also serves as the president of PBI-Canada. Robert's vision is to help the world understand the importance of the Far North and to empower individuals to have a sense of immediacy about how we take care of this planet.

Visit Polar Bears International's Website at

Participating organizations
: SU Education Department, Newton Marasco Foundation, Blackwell Library, Ward Museum, Eastern Shore Reading Council, SU Biology Department, Eastern Shore Regional Library.

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For directions to the Ward Museum click here

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(for group discount ask for Salisbury University group)