Salisbury University's

Read Green Festival

April 10-14
, 2012

Every spring Salisbury University holds its annual Children’s Literature Festival which has because of the strong focus on literature and the environment has cme to be known as the Read Green 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 five categories: picture book, children’s fiction, young adult fiction, nonfiction for children, and nonfiction for young adults. For more on the award visit

In 2012 there will be seven authors and illustrators on campus and visiting around the Eastern Shore. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

mikulski  Festival Chair: United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

Authors and Illustrators

Press Release




A highlight of the festival will be the gallery exhibit at the Ward Museum from Green Earth Book Award winners entitled:

Art, Literature, and the Environment


Authors and Illustrators

janetstevens     topsbottoms

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel are sisters and award-winning authors and illustrators of picture books including Tops and Bottoms, Jackalope, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon, and Help Me, Mr. Mutt. Their latest book is Big Dog.

susancrummel   mybigdog

Susan Crummel

Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens are sisters and award-winning authors and illustrators of picture books including Tops and Bottoms, Jackalope, Cook-a-Doodle-Doo, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon, and Help Me, Mr. Mutt. Their latest book is Big Dog.
Susan Roth    mangrovecover

Susan L. Roth
Susan L. Roth is the author and illustrator of many wonderful books for children, including Listen to the Wind (Dial 2009), and the best-selling My Love for You (Scholastic 2000) and most recently (with Cindy Trumbore) The Mangrove Tree (Lee and Low 2011) which won the GEBA in children's nonfiction in 2012. Her books have received such awards as the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, ABA Pick of the Lists, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. She has three grown children and lives with her husband in New York City.
trumbore    genieinthebook

Cindy Trumbore (Cindy Kane)

Cindy Trumbore has worked as an editor of children's literature at Bantam Books, Four Winds Press, and Dial. She has also edited for Pearsen Education. Since 1999 she has also authored children's books including The Genie in the Book (Chronicle 2004), Discovering the Titanic and most recently (with Susan Roth)  The Mangrove Tree (Lee and Low 2011) which won the GEBA in children's nonfiction in 2012. 

      vernon    nowhereelse
Caitlyn Vernon

Caitlyn Vernon grew up on British Columbia's Pacific Coast and now calls Victoria home. She will never be too big to wade in the ocean in her gumboots, poke around in tide pools, explore coastal forests or climb trees and mountains. Caitlyn has a background in biology and environmental studies and is currently a campaigner with Sierra Club BC, working to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Nowhere Else on Earth is her first book, and was an honor book for the Green Earth Book Award.  A free accompanying resource guide to the book is available at
  caduto  riparia

Michael Caduto

Michael is an award-winning author, master storyteller, ecologist, educator, poet and musician who has been featured on educational television, over National Public Radio and by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He reaches thousands of people each year through personal appearances and his books are used by millions throughout the world. His work draws from science, Earth stewardship and cultural diversity and he has worked with many indigenous peoples during the past 25 years.  Riparia's River was an honor book for the Green Earth Book Award.

Davila  luz

Graphic designer and children’s illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines. She has illustrated Science on the Loose, and the Insecto-files.  Her graphic novel Luz Sees the Light is a Green Earth Book Award Honor book.

Eastern Shore Reading Council's
Young Author Contest

All of the winners of the Young Author Contest will participate in the Award Ceremony and be honored for their poems and stories.  Congratulations to these young people from first to 12th grades.

Joining the festival via video

marc brown    arthur turns green

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard.  Arthur Turns Green recieved the Green Earth Book Award in the picturebook category.  Marc Brown will accept the award via video.

Gill Lewis    wild wings

Gill Lewis the author of Wild Wings is a veterinarian by first profession. Her love of animals and the natural world plays a big part in her writing. This is her debut novel. She lives in the UK where the book was published as Sky HawkWild Wings recieved the Green Earth Book Award in the Children's fiction category. Gill Lewis will accept the award via video.

davies   gaia

Nicola Davies
(born in Suffolk, England) is a zoologist and writer. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show. More recently, she has made her name as a children's author. Gaia Warriors, written in association with, and with an afterword by, James Lovelock is a book about climate change like no other that explains the science and answers the commonly-asked questions about global warming.  Gaia Warriors recieved the GEBA for nonfiction for young adults.  Nicola Davies will accept the award via video.

Read Green Festival Schedule

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

3:30 to 4:30
Booksigning at the Wicomico Library

Wicomico Public Library

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friends of the
Read Green Festival Reception
*For invited guests

Ward Museum

6:00 pm -- 7:00 pm

Opening of the Green Earth Book Award: Art, Literature, and the Environment Exhibit to the Public

Booksigning with Michael Caduto, Susan Crummel, Susan Roth, Janet Stevens, Cindy Trumbore, and Caitlyn Vernon

Ward Museum

Wednesday, April 11


9:30- 10:30

11:00 -- 12
Some authors and illustrators visit local schools

Susan Roth demonstrates collage art with students from Fruitland Intermediate School

Panel of authors and illustrators talk about environmental literature for children

Ward Museum

226 TETC

5:30– 9 pm

captain willy  

Master of Ceremonies: Captain Willie Dykes from WBOC

5:30 -- 6 pm

6:00 -- 6:30
Green Earth Book Award presentation to:  Cindy Trumbore and Susan Roth; and to honor book recipients Caitlyn Vernon, Michael Caduto, and Claudia Davila

Special video acceptance of Green Earth Book Award awards by Marc Brown for Arthur Turns Green; and Gill Lewis for Wild Wings

6:30 -- 7:00
Keynote presentation by Susan Crummel and Janet Stevens

7:00 -- 7
:30 pm
Young Author Award Ceremony

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.

7-- 8:30 pm  
Reception and book signing

Social Room, HH

Holloway Hall Auditorium

Holloway Hall Auditorium

Social Room, HH

Thursday, April 12

9:00 am

Authors and illustrators visit local schools:

Susan Crummel and janet Stevens speak at Pemberton Elementary

Caitlyn Vernon speaks to 7th graders at Salisbury Middle School

Claudia Davila speaks to students at Maple Elementary School


5:00 pm


Eastern Shore Reading Council Dinner

*For members of ESRC

Speaker: Caitlyn Vernon

Adam's Diamond Lodge

For information contact Amanda Banks:

Saturday, April 14

11:00am – 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble Author and Fundraising Event: music, author reading, other activities

Barnes & Noble, Salisbury

*Events in red are private
For the latest information please check with the Teacher Education Department at 410-543-6509

babieskimchee   tomarket   loveforyou   leonsstory  leonsstory   jackaloupe

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

See the 2011 Festival schedule click here
See the 2010 Festival schedule click here
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

Press Release

SALISBURY, MD---Authors and illustrators, including winners of the 2012 Green Earth Book Award, visit Salisbury University during its annual Read Green Festival April 10-14. 

Events begin with a free opening reception for the “Art, Children’s Literature and the Environment” exhibit 6–7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Welcome Gallery of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Brief remarks are 6:30 p.m. Showcasing works by Green Earth Book Award recipients, the exhibit runs through Sunday, June 10.

The 2012 Green Earth Book Award ceremony is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in SU’s Holloway Hall Auditorium. Given annually by the Newton Marasco Foundation, a Virginia-based environmental charity, the prize is the nation’s first to honor environmental stewardship in literature for children and young adults.
Recognized at this year’s event are winners Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth, co-authors and illustrator of The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families (children’s nonfiction), as well as honor book recipients Michael Caduto for Riparia's River (picture book); Claudia Davila for Luz Sees the Light (children’s fiction), and Caitlyn Vernon for Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest (young adult nonfiction).

Other 2012 winners are: Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown (picture book); Wild Wings by Gill Lewis and Yuta Onoda (children’s fiction); and Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies and James Lovelock (young adult nonfiction). Four additional books also received honorable mentions.

Following award presentations, award-winning author/illustrator duo Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, deliver a keynote lecture. Since 1999, the sisters have collaborated on a number of books, including And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! and the New York Times bestseller Help Me, Mr. Mutt!     

They earned Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Award for The Great Fuzz Frenzy, and two Texas Bluebonnet Awards.  Stevens’ Tops and Bottoms is a Caldecott honor book and she also illustrated the popular Anansi series. With rhythmic text and colorful illustrations, the sisters’ books have been children’s choice winners in over 16 states.

After the talk, winners of the Eastern Shore Reading Council’s Young Author Contest are announced.  An author/illustrator reception and book-signing follows in the Holloway Hall Social Room.

SU also hosts author and illustrator talks and book signing on campus and in the community. Times and locations will be announced.  On Saturday, April 14, a community event is 11a.m.-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Salisbury with music, author readings and other activities.

Ward Museum gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  After the opening reception, admission is $7, $5 for seniors 60 and over, free with an SU ID.  Admission to all other events is free.

For more information about the Green Earth Book Awards, visit  For details about the festival, call 410-543-6030 or visit