Salisbury University's

Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival

April 5-6
, 2011

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



and connected to the festival

Art, Literature, and the Environment
A Gallery Exhibit at the Ward Museum


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm 
Friends of the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival Reception *
For members of the "Friends of the Children's Literature Festival"

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
Keynote presentation by author, Henry Cole

Book Signing: Henry Cole is joined by Green Earth Book Award Winners and honor recipients:

Young Author Award Ceremony

Holloway Hall Auditorium

Social Room

Holloway Hall Auditorium

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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Author/Illustrator Presentations and Activities  --- *Tentative please check back for final schedule

9:00 -- 1:00
Booksignings and Sales in the Resource Center
TETC 226
9:40 -- 11:45
Environmental Science Activity
Creative Arts
Parachute Activity
TETC 184
TETC 185
TETC lawn
 9:00 -- 9:45
Panel of Nonfiction Writers: Collard, Stewart, Kelsey TETC 226
10:00 -- 10:45
Panel of Authors: McDonald, Collard, Johnson
TETC 226
11:00 -- 11:45
Panel of Illustrators/Photographers: Parr, Rotner, Sadler
11:50 -- 12:20
Todd Parr speaks to Kindergarten students
TETC 226

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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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Henry Cole

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of more than 50 books. He has also written and illustrated books including On Meadowview Street, a 2008 Green Earth Book Award honor book. Cole grew up on a dairy farm outside Purcellville, Virginia. Always interested in art and science, he studied forestry at Virginia Tech. He is a self-taught artist, although his mother was a professional illustrator and gave him many pointers along the way. His education required him to study nature closely, and his observation of such details helped him with his drawing. Henry worked in a number of jobs, including magazine illustration, and for sixteen years taught elementary grade science classes. He now lives in Washington D.C., and on the island of Aruba.

For more information visit his website at

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Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of over 30 children’s books. Todd was born on July 9, 1962. He grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In 1995 Todd moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. In addition to illustrating and authoring books he has created his own children's clothing line. And in November 2005 his preschool television show, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. Todd published his first book in 1998. He uses bright colors and bold, black outlines paired with simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment. Todd writes his books to help children learn to believe in themselves and to accept others. His books have won two National Parenting Publication Awards and three Oppenheim Gold Awards. He is also the recipient of Scholastic's Parent and Child Magazine Teacher’s Pick. Todd’s TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for an Emmy. ToddWorld won the iParenting Media Award and the episode “Who’s Your Best Friend?” won the 2005 Humanitas Award.

For more information visit his website at

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Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She began writing at college, and graduated to work as a music journalist and entertainment critic; interviewing acts as diverse as LeAnn Rimes, The Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson. She is now a full-time novelist and screen-writer.  Her debut book for teens, Sophomore Switch, was published by Candlewick Press in 2009. It was a Kirkus starred review, ALAN pick, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Polish. Green Earth Book Award winner Boys, Bears & a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots, was published in April 2010, and a third, The Anti-Prom, will be published in Spring 2011.

Abby also writes for adults. The Popularity Rules was published in the UK by Arrow Books in 2009; it was a Glamour Magazine ’must-read’ pick, and received a 4-star review from Heat magazine. Her second adult title, The Liberation of Alice Love, was published in July 2010, to glowing reviews in Closer and NOW magazines. Both titles will be published in the US in 2011 by Sourcebooks. After spells in Montreal and London, Abby recently moved to Los Angeles. She is twenty-five years old.

For more information visit her website/blog at

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Elin Kelsey

An environmentalist and educator who has led eco-tours throughout India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Arctic, Elin Kelsey works as a consultant on educational and community programs focusing on nature. Her published works for younger readers include Canadian Dinosaurs, part of Maple Tree Press’s “WOW Canada!” series, and Finding out about Dinosaurs. She is also the winner of the 2011 Green Earth Book Award for Not Your Typical Book about the Environment.
Elin Kelsey has an impressive career as a curator, director, and author. She worked for the Canadian Museum of Nature as the manager of chief of science education; for the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as the director of exhibits and interpretation; at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as the manager of interpretive services; and is the founder of the Elin Kelsey & Company, specializing in environmental education and community involvement. She has also served as an Adjunct instructor at Monterey Institute of International Studies, CA, and Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada.

For more information visit her website at

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Sonia Lynn Sadler

Artist and designer Sonia Lynn Sadler was born at Fort Riley, an army base in Kansas. Being an army brat meant traveling to different countries and living in various states. She currently manages her time painting in both Maryland and New Jersey. Sonia Lynn attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, studying fine art and illustration. She transferred to Parsons School of Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fashion Design. The Hallmark Golden Key Award was presented to Sonia Lynn for her art work by the Hecht Co. in Washington D. C.

Sadler has had a career in fashion, working for Anne Klein, Jones New York and Liz Claiborne. Her accessories have been featured in the New York Times and Women's Wear Daily. On her own she has begun work under her own name Sonia Lynn Sadler Arts, which encompasses fine art work, children's book illustration and a line of greeting cards featuring her art work.  Sadler is the illustrator of Seeds of Change which was a GEBA honor this year, as well as the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner.

For more information visit her website at

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Jen Cullerton Johnson

Jen Cullerton Johnson is a Chicago public school teacher, an author, and a curriculum specialist. She  frequently speaks about Green Literacy and the role of environmental books for children and adults presenting to audiences from the EPA, to the Green Schools Conference, to the National Catholic Library Association. Johnson has published fiction and creative nonfiction in literary journals and magazines. She has led writing workshops for high school students, elementary children, and continuing education students where she provides a positive and productive workshop environment where respect and craft coincide. She holds a MFA in Non-Fiction, a MEd in Curriculum and Development and is an Illinois certified teacher. Jen is the author of Seeds of Change.

For more information visit her website at

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Shelley Rotner

SHELLEY ROTNER is the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children’s books. Her most recent books include, Many Ways, Every Season, Feeling Thankful, What’s Love? and Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth, and The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Dissappearing?  Her Garbage Helps Our Gardens Grow: A Compost Story (authored by Linda Glaser) received a GEBA honor in 2011.

Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master’s degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College. Shelley Rotner worked as a teacher, a photographer, and a curatorial assistant before she became involved in the creation of children’s books. “After several years as an educator both in the classroom and in museum settings and after the birth of my daughter, I started to think about ideas for children’s books. My daughter always loved to look at books and as she grew I started to think and write about the subjects that interested her.” These subjects have varied from families and traditions, to feelings, to machines. As both an author and a photographer, Rotner has worked on many titles for young readers that celebrate differences or answer common questions asked by children.

She is also a noted free-lance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time Magazine, National Geographic’s World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women and education. Currently, Ms Rotner is working on a collection of large hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.

For more information visit her website at

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Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 100 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University, Melissa worked as a children’s book editor for nine years before becoming a fulltime writer in 2000. She has written everything from board books for preschoolers to magazine articles for adults.  Her book A Place for Butterflies was the Green Earth Book Award winner in the nonfiction category in 2007.  Both A Place for Birds (2009) and this A Place for Frogs (2011) are GEBA honor books.

Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. When Melissa isn’t writing or exploring the natural world, she spends time speaking at schools, libraries, nature centers, and educator conferences. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Board of Advisors and a judge for the American Institute of Physics Children’s Science Writing Award.

For more information visit her website at

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Sneed Collard

Sneed B. Collard III is the author of the award-winning books Science Warriors—The Battle Against Invasive Species; Shep our Most Loyal Dog; Dog Sense; Wings; and The Prairie Builders  Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands, winner of 2006 AAAS/Subaru/Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. He was also the winner of the 2007 Green Earth Book Award for his novel, Flashpoint.  His first book, Sea Snakes, was published in 1993 and today he has authored over fifty books. In 2006, Sneed was the recipient of the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Children’s Nonfiction Writer of the Year Award for his body of work.

In 2010, Sneed launched his own publishing company, Bucking Horse Books. The first titles are The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale; and The Governor’s Dog is Missing, the first in a series of Montana mysteries. To learn more about Bucking Horse Books, visit their website

When Sneed is not writing or publishing, he can often be found speaking to students, conducting teacher workshops, and walking his Frisbee-catching border collie, Mattie.

For more information visit his website/blog at

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Loreen Leedy

Loreen Leedy was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She majored in art in college. She created whimsical clay art and jewelry but over time the pieces she created became book characters (mainly pigs, cats, dragons, and other animals). Her first published title was A Number of Dragons, a counting book written in verse. Since then she has written and illustrated about 40 picture books. She lives in central Florida where her husband, Andrew Schuerger, works at the Kennedy Space Center.

For more information visit her blog at

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 seedsofchange   rotner  placefrogs    

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

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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