Salisbury University's
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival
April 8-10
, 2010

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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

Authors and Illustrators       Press Release      Directions


Thursday, April 8
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm 
Friends of the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival Reception *
Social Room
Holloway Hall
Salisbury University
6 pm – 9 pm
Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival
Holloway Hall Auditorium
  • 6 -- 7 pm 
  • 7 -- 8:30 pm  
  • 7 -- 7:45 pm
  • 7:45 -- 8:15 pm
Keynote presentation by author, Michael Buckley  
Book Signing: Buckley is joined by Green Earth Book Award Winners  

Young Author Award Ceremony

A Writing Workshop with Peter Gould
The Eastern Shore Writing Project 
Holloway Hall Auditorium
Social Room
Holloway Hall Auditorium
The Great Hall,
Holloway Hall

Winners of the Eastern Shore Reading Council's Young Author Contest will join the events and then hold their own awards ceremony after the keynote speaker. Participants are welcome to stay to honor these talented young people.

Friday, April 9

Author/Illustrator Presentations and Activities

9:00 -- 9:50
Peter Gould: Physical Comedy workshop
Fulton Hall Black Box Theatre
9:00 -- 9:50
Eileen Spinelli and Anne Kennedy
TETC 153 
9:25 -- 10:50
Guitars in the Classroom
Parachute Activity
TETC 226 Resource Center
TETC lawn
10:00 -- 10:50
S. Terrell French
TETC 153
11:00 -- 11:50
Michael Buckley
TETC 153
11:00 -- 11:50
Peter Gould; Shakespeare and writing
Fulton Hall Black Box Theatre
1:00 -- 1:50
Marfe Ferguson Delano with Middle school students from SMS and MMS and public
TETC 153 
7:00 -- 9:00
Green Earth Book Award Ceremony and Cocktail Party*
Poplar Hill Mansion

Saturday, April 10

10 am – 2 pm    Community Day at Barnes and Noble
with the collaboration of the Ward Museum    Salisbury, Maryland

•    Environmental Information provided by local organizations
•    Book Signing by Green Earth Book Award-winning authors

All events are free
*Events in red are by invitation
For the latest information please check with the Teacher Education Department at 510-543-6509

Authors and Illustrators

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Michael Buckley
New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley has tried his hand at everything from stand-up comic, to lead singer for a punk rock band, from intern on the Late Show with David Letterman, to writing for MTV but he really found his calling with fiction for young audiences. Buckley is the author of the wildly successful Sisters Grimm series and his new series NERDS (sort of like Spy Kids meets the X Men) is getting rave reviews. A new cartoon series that Buckley produces and writes called Horrorbots promises to be one of the hot new shows on the Cartoon Network next season. Buckley will be on campus as the keynote for the Festival at 6PM Thursday April 8, 2010.   For more info on Buckley visit

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Marfe Ferguson Delano

Marfe Ferguson Delano is originally from Tennessee. After graduating from Duke University she worked as an editorial assistant in the children's book department at Charles Scribner's Sons. She then worked as a copy editor and eventually a staff writer for Time-Life Books. After her own children were born she became a full-time freelance writer. Among other honors her books have recieved:  Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, VOYA 2008 Nonfiction Honor Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (NCSS/CBC)

For more information visit her website at
A wonderful interview with Delano on National Geographic Weekend can be heard at

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Susannah Terrell French

Susannah grew up in Maryland near Washington D.C.  She is a graduate of Harvard and of Berkeley Law School where she specialized in environmental law.  She lives in San Francisco and Operation Redwood is her first novel.

For more information, including a teacher's guide visit her website at

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Eileen Spinelli and
Anne Kennedy

Eileen Spinelli was born in Pennsylvania, and she still lives there with her husband Jerry. She has been writing since the age of six and has over thirty books of stories and poetry for children including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, winner of the Christopher Award, Night Shift Daddy, Princess Pig, Silly Tilly, Heat Wave and The Best Story.  For more information visit her website at

Anne Kennedy a prolific illustrator and graphic designer from Ohio.  Her books include Callie Cat, Ice Skater, When Posey Peeked At Christmas, The Best of Both Nests, and series of books about Miss Fox's class which are written by Eileen Spinelli.  Some of her art can be viewed online at

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Peter Gould 

Peter Gould is a youth theater director, a physical comedian, and a playwright whose works have been performed all over the world. For 30 years he has been part of Vermont‘s famous comedy duo Gould & Stearns. Gould also runs summer Shakespeare theatre camps. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Gould is the author of a number of plays including Peasant of El Salvado and is the recipient of the Denver Global Peace and Justice Award. His young adult novel Write Naked was the winner of the 2009 Green Earth Book Award.

For more information visit his website/blog at

Press Release

SALISBURY, MD--- The 2010 Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival at Salisbury University features something for everyone, from avid readers to aspiring writers to environmental advocates.  Events are Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10.

“If you are looking for free activities for the whole family to enjoy, this year’s festival is the place to be,” said Dr. Ernie Bond of SU’s Teacher Education Department.  “World renowned authors and winners of the sixth annual Green Earth Book Awards will be on campus, and we are extremely excited.”

Public events begin Thursday, April 8 with an keynote address by New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley at 6 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium.  Buckley is the author of the wildly successful Sisters Grimm series, and is getting rave reviews for his new series NERDS.  He also produces and writes Horrorbots, expected to be a hit show on the Cartoon Network.  Buckley formerly has been a stand-up comedian, punk rock band singer, Late Show with David Letterman intern and MTV writer. Winners of the Eastern Shore Reading Council's Young Author Contest will be attending Buckley's talk and will hold their Awards Ceremony in the auditorium immediately afterwards.

Buckley’s talk is followed by a book signing and reception with the 2010 Green Earth Book Award-winning authors at 7 p.m. in the Social Room of Holloway Hall.  Given annually by the Newton Marasco Foundation, these awards are the first prize in the nation to laud environmentally-friendly children’s literature. Recipients in attendance include Eileen Spinelli, Anne Kennedy, Marfe Ferguson Delano and S. Terrill French.

The evening concludes with an Eastern Shore Writing Project sponsored presentation by author Peter Gould, who won a 2009 Green Earth Book Award for his novel Write Naked. Gould is a youth theater director, a physical comedy performer, and a playwright whose works have been performed all over the world. This workshop will take place in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall at 7:45.

Literature Festival events continue Friday, April 9, with author and illustrator panels.  Lectures by the Green Earth Book Award-winning authors include Eileen Spinelli and Anne Kennedy at 9 a.m., S. Terell French at 10 a.m. and Marfe Delano at 1 p.m., all in the Teacher Education and Technology Center, Room 153. Michael Buckley will speak at 11 a.m. also in TETC 153. Gould presents a physical comedy workshop at 9 a.m. and a talk on Shakespeare and writing at 11 a.m., both in Fulton Hall's Black Box Theater.

The festival concludes Saturday, April 10, with a community day at Barnes & Noble in Salisbury from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Local organizations, including the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, will be on hand with environmental information and Green Earth Book Award winners will sign books.

For more information, call the Teacher Education Department at 410-543-6509 or visit the literature festival Web site at

See the 2009 Festival highlights click here
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