Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival: April 15-16
Salisbury University's 2009

Read Green
green bear
copyright Jeremiah Trammell

Every spring Salisbury University holds its annual Children’s Literature Festival.  One of the highlights is the awarding of the national distinction for books that promote environmental stewardship, the Green Earth Book Awards.  The awards are given in four categories: picture book, children’s fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction for youth. Award winners are announced in early February.  For more on the award visit

Schedule             Authors and Illustrators

Detailed Schedule           Directions

Tentative Schedule

April 15th:
varmints    Our planet       write nakedblindfaith

  • Panels and speakers 11 AM to 3 PM in TETC 153
  • Evening Events doors open at 6 PM Holloway Hall Auditorium
  • Screening of the BAFTA nominated animated film Varmints by Dave Craste. Introduced by David Johnson (co-editor of Film and Literature Quarterly)  for a trailer of the movie visit
  • Betsy Lewin and Ted Lewin
  • Phillip Hoose
  • The Green Earth Book Award winners speak:
    • Jeca Taudte author of MySpace: Our Planet
    • Peter Gould author of Write Naked
    • Pamela Todd author of Blind Faith Hotel
    • video appearance by Marc Craste
  • Book Signing in Social Room Holloway Hall 
clackmoo     peppe

 April 16th:


  • 4:30 PM -- Screening of the film The Spiderwick Chronicles. Introduced by Elsie Walker (co-editor of Film and Literature Quarterly) Wicomico Room, Guierrieri Center.  Co-sposored by SOAP
  • Second screening of the animated film Varmints by Dave Craste
  • 7:30 PM -- Author Holly Black (Valient, The Spiderwick Chronicles) speaks on the creative process.   Wicomico Room, Guierrieri Center

The events are open to the public. For more information visit the Festival Website at or call 410-543-6509

All events are free and open to the public
For the latest information please check with the Teacher Education Department at 510-543-6509

Authors and Illustrators

 betsylewin      thump quack    duck       ledtewin      apple   gwc

Hide the typewriters!  Betsy Lewin, the illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Click Clack Moo, and numerous New York Times bestsellers including Dooby Dooby Moo and Duck for President. She will present on April 15.  Also on April 15th, Author/illustrator Ted Lewin who is well known for his Caldecott Honor book Pepe the Lamplighter. Ted Lewin has illustrated and authored over thirty books, many such as Faithful Elephants and One Green Apple with strong social justice messages. Visit Betsy Lewin's website for more detail  Information on Ted Lewin can be found at

heyant     hoose  wewere

Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including

 Hey, Little Ant, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, and the National Book Award Finalist We Were There, Too! Young People in US History. 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. Phillip Hoose is also a founding member of the Children's Music Network. Phil will speak about his latest book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, 2009) Phil is featured in the latest issue of School library Journal. Visit his website for more detail

spiderwick    hollyblack    spiderwick 

Holly Black, the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and recipient of the Andre Norton Award, will be presenting on April 16.  The Spiderwick Chonicles has been made into a Paramount film. SOAP and the English Dept. will co-sponsor a showing of the film before Holly Black speaks. Blacks talk will focus on the creative process.  The big question is does she bring her own fairies?  Visit her website for more detail

gould            write naked

Peter Gould is the recipient of a Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult category for his novel Write Naked.  He is an author, playwright, director, and physical comedian.

  pamela todd        blindfaith   pig

Pamela Todd is the recipient of a Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category for the novel Blind Faith Hotel. She is a frequent speaker on Creative Writing and especially on Nature Writing. You can vist her website at

Taudte        Our planet

Jeca Taudte is the author of MySpace: Our Planet the recipient of the Green Earth Book Award in the Nonfiction category. This book weaves together the voices of young adults who have posted to myspace about environmental stewardship. Please visit  the Myspace: Our Planet site for more information.

harley      spadefoot

Bill Harley is the author of Night of the Spadefoot Toads which won the Green Earth Book Award in the Children's Fiction category. He is also a Grammy Award winning musician.  Bill is only able to visit on April 14th to recieve his award because of prior committments but he will met with some local students while he is in Salisbury. For more information please visit his website at

Tuesday, April 14

10:00 am
School Visit:  Jeca Taudte
Salisbury Middle School

10:00 am
School Visit:  Pamela Todd
Salisbury Middle School

10:00 am
School Visit:  Bill Harley
Pemberton Elementary School

1:00 pm
School Visit:  Peter Gould
Mardela High School

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
School Visit:  Pamela Todd
After School Achievement Program (ASAP)
Salisbury University Campus

6 pm - 8 pm
Green Tie Sustainable Cocktail Party and Green Earth Book Award Ceremony
Ward Museum
Salisbury, Maryland

Wednesday, April 15

9:15 am
Green Earth Book Award Author Group Interview with Public Radio Delmarva
(the local National Public Radio station)
Public Radio Delmarva Studio

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Author/Illustrator Presentations at Salisbury University:

Betsy Lewin - 11:00-11:45 am

Ted Lewin - 12:00-12:45 pm

Jeca Taudte - 12:00-12:45 pm

4th graders from Pinehurst will be on campus 11:00-1:00

Peter Gould - 1:00-1:45 pm

Pamela Todd -  2:00-2:45 pm

Phil Hoose -  3:00-3:45 pm

Teacher Education and Technology Center, Room 153,
Salisbury University

4:30 pm
Global Warming Watercolors Exhibit
Fulton Gallery,
Salisbury University

5:00 pm
Reception for "Friends of the Children's Literature Festival"
Holloway Hall Social Room,
Salisbury University

6:00 pm
Environmental Literature Festival
  • Green Earth Book Award Author Panel on Environmental Writing
  • Acceptance Speech Video from Marc Craste, Illustrator of Varmint
  • Special Presentation by Phillip Hoose
  • Environmental Literature Presentation by Ted and Betsy Lewin
  • Showing of the Animated Short Film Varmints
Holloway Hall,
Salisbury University

8:30 pm
Reception and Book Signing
Holloway Hall Social Room,
Salisbury University

Thursday, April 16

4:30 pm
Showing of the Film Spiderwick Chronicles with an introduction by Elsie
Walker, Co-Editor of Film and Literature Quarterly
Wicomico Room, Guerriri Center, Salisbury University

6:30 pm
Showing of the Animated Short Film Varmints
Introduction by David Johnson, Co-Editor of Film and Literature Quarterly
Wicomico Room, Guerriri Center, Salisbury University

7:00 pm
Reception and Book Signing by Author, Holly Black
Wicomico Room, Guerriri Center, Salisbury University

7:30 pm
Author Presentation by Holly Black
Wicomico Room, Guerriri Center, Salisbury University


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
Telephone 410-548-1282 
A shuttle service can be arranged with the hotel from the Salisbury Airport