Read Green Festival

at Salisbury University


April 4-6, 2013


Every spring Salisbury University holds its annual Children's Literature Festival which has because of the strong focus on literature and the environment has come 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 and The Nature Generation visit

To register for the Saturday Conference visit








Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference Schedule and information


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors








Olivia Bouler Gill Lewis Elliot Schefer

Tiffany Trent

Loree Burns Barbara Lockhart Melissa Stewart

  Laurie Lawlor

Phil Hoose Andri Magnason rotner  Shelly Rotner

   Lulu Delacre



In 2013 there will be numerous authors and illustrators on campus and visiting around the Eastern Shore. Many of the events are free and open to the public.


Keynote Speaker: Olivia Bouler


Olivia Bouler received the Literacy and Service Award from the International Reading Association's Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group in 2012, the Audubon Society named her the 2011 Artist Inspiring Conservation. She created over 500 illustrations to help raise money for wildlife recovery efforts. She was named a Champion of Change by the White House. She plays the saxophone with, a non-profit arts collective who present workshops and volunteer sessions to underserved youth in NYC and Latin America ( ). She has been featured on The Today Show, Larry King Live, and People Magazine.  She authored and illustrated the book Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf and all before she was 14 years old.


2013 Green Earth Book Award Winners and Honorees


Loree Burns writes books about science for children... and loves her job. From an oceanographer who tracks rubber ducks through the world ocean to an entomologist who studied mason bees in his backyard to an astronomer who spent her life puzzling over ground drawings in the desert of Peru, the scientists she meets every day--in person or through her research--are fascinating and passionate people. Her books including Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)have been recommended by the National Science Teachers Association, and have been recognized on Best Books of the Year lists. Tracking Trash recieved both IRA Children's Book Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Award. Her latest book, Citizen Scientists, is an introduction to and celebration of citizen science, and was awarded the Green Earth Book Award in the Children's Nonfiction category.  For more information visit


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Gill Lewis, the author of One White Dolphin and Wild Wings, is a veterinarian by first profession. Her love of animals and the natural world plays a big part in her writing. She lives in the UK.  In 2011 her novel, Wild Wings received the Green Earth Book Award in the Children's fiction category. In 2012, her novel White Dolphin was honored with the same award! Lewis is the first author to win the award twice. Her latest book is due out in England in 2013 and is titled Moon Bear. For more information visit



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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, and National Book Award winner Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.  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 Moonbird (2012) which received the Young Adult Nonfiction Green Earth Book Award. Visit his website for more detail





Elliot Schefer  is the author of Endangered, The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. Schrefer is a contributor to The Huffington Post and a reviewer for USA Today. He has been profiled in Newsweek, New York magazine, and WWD, among other publications. He lives in New York City. Endangered is the recipient of the 2012 Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction Category. Endangered is also a finalist of the National Book Award.  For more information visit



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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.  A Place for Birds (2009), A Place for Frogs (2011), and A Place for Bats are all 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





Andri Snær Magnason is an award-winning author of novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays, and co-director of the documentary Dreamland, exploring the battle between corporations and small communities for clean, renewable energy. His works have been published in more than 20 countries.  Magnason's book LoveStar was selected as the novel of the year by Icelandic booksellers in 2002 and has been honored with the Phillip K. Dick Award for Science Fiction writing. His book The Story of the Blue Planet was the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize, as well as the Janustz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. The Story of the Blue Planet was a Green Earth Book Award Honor book this year. For more information visit



Tiffany Trent is the author of the young adult steampunk novel The Unnaturalists and the Hallowmere series. Her first book, In the Serpent's Coils, was named a BookSense (IndieBound) Children's Pick in Autumn 2007 and a New York Public Library Book of the Teen Age in 2008.  She was also the recipient of the 2008 SCBWI Work-in-Progress grant, and has won awards and fellowships for her nonfiction. Her short story "Blackwater Baby" in Magic in the Mirrorstone was given Honorable Mention for the Year's Best Horror 2008. For more information visit


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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. 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


Laurie Lawlor is the author of over thirty books, including the Addie and American Sisters series and Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World, a Green Earth Book Award Honor book.  Laurie has also been honored with the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for  Children. She lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, Labrador retriever, two parakeets, and a very ancient goldfish. Laurie teaches writing at Columbia College in Chicago. For more information visit


Lulu Delacre, born in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, has written and illustrated many beloved books for children including Horn Book Fanfare Book Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. The Bossy Gallito and Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games are winners of the Pura Belpré Honor Medal for Illustration. Rafi and Rosi, and Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! are selections of the Junior Library Guild. Her latest book, How Far Do You Love Me, travels around the world answering a child’s simple question in her poetic and visual encounters with the natural world. A common thread in the artist's work is the celebration of her Latino heritage. For more information visit






Barbara Lockhart is the author of Once a Pony Time and Rambling Raft  as well as the novel, Requiem for a Summer Cottage. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Vermont College and is the recipient of the Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.  Her latest novel Mosey's Field was just released.  For more information visit


Olivia Bouler Gill Lewis Elliot Schefer

Tiffany Trent

Loree Burns Barbara Lockhart Melissa Stewart

  Laurie Lawlor

Phil Hoose Andri Magnason rotner  Shelly Rotner

   Lulu Delacre











Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors






Description: earthEastern Shore Reading Council's Young Author Contest

Each year students in the 2nd through 12th grade throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland are encouraged to submit original poems and short stories to the Eastern Shore Reading Council. Individuals who recieved first, second, and third place in each category are recognized on this night during the Award Ceremony, and along with the Green Earth Book Award Recipients they are honored for their creative writing.  Congratulations to these young people from 2nd to 12th grades.


The students are given the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of adult authors and illustrators.


The event is followed by a reception and booksigning.









Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors





Description: earthRead Green: Children and Environmental Literacies Conference


On Saturday April 6 you can attend the first Read Green: Children and Environmental Literacies Conference. The day long conference is intended for teachers, librarians and adults who work with young children. It would also be of interest to anyone who was interested in writing for children or young adults, and for people who are involved in issues related to environmental stewardship.


Join the winners of the Green Earth Book Awards, young Audubon Society author Olivia Bouler, and faculty and environmental practitioners as they discuss topics related to environmental stewardship, education and reading with professionals who work with children and young adults. The focus of the conference is on environmental stewardship and the literacies that help young people become tomorrow's stewards. Seminars, workshops, panels and poster sessions are conference format options for participants. The conference is intended for teachers, librarians and adults who work with young children.


Over 12 authors and illustrators/photographers will participate.  The schedule of sessions will be posted soon.



Due by February 28 - $20 per person



Due by March 15 - $30 per person


To register visit


Schedule for the Read Green: Children and Environmental Literacies Conference
Saturday April 6, 2013

All sessions are in the TETC


8:30 to 9:00 registration and coffee:  sign up for sessions in Hallway in front of 226


9:00 Welcome and logistics:  Interim Dean Carol Wood


9:10—9:50  Speakers


Olivia Bouler  (author/illustrator)

Olivia’s Birds

Intro Patricia Dean  226 T

Loree Burns, (author) Citizen Scientist and Tracking Trash

Intro Ed Robeck 

226 CRC


9:55-10:40 Breakout


Lauren Monroe, and Lauren Grandizio,



Going Green with Young Learners



Jack Parker (Ward Museum)


The Growing Up WILD program




Barbara Lockhart (Author)


Reconnecting to the outdoors with Mosey's Field


Intro Amy Meekins     


Shelley Rotner, (author/photographer)



The Buzz on Bees




Intro Diallo Sessoms      226 CRC

 Ed Robeck

(Salisbury University)


Becoming a Citizen Scientist






10:45 – 11:25 Speakers:


Lulu Delacre, author

How Far Do You Love Me

Intro Leticia Ortega 

226 CRC

Andri Magnason, author

Story of the Blue Planet

Intro T. Ross Leasure

226 T



11:30—12:00                  Booksigning             and            Poster Session

                                           226 CRC                               Reading Room CRC


12:00 -- 12:30    Lunch                226 T    and      226 A     


12:35 -1:15 – Sessions


Melissa Stewart--


Green is Groovy: Using Environmentally-themed Children’s Books to Address Common Core


Intro Kimberly McCormick

226 CRC

Jenni Duhe and Lindsay Manuel,  and Erin Asper  --




Kindergarten Students Learn to Save the Planet



Peter Trick (Booz Allen Hamilton)










Dorsey Hammond 

(Salisbury University)


The Comprehension Experience




226 T

Laurie Lawlor --


Writing Environmental Literature workshop



Intro Shanetia Clark



226 A















1:20 – 2:00

Tiffany Trent --

The Unnaturalists



Intro Claudia Burgess

226 CRC

Screening of the Film Dreamland       

 with screen writer and co-director Andri Magnason


Intro David Johnson




2:05 –2:45 speakers:

                               Eliot Schrefer, author                   Gill Lewis, author

                                  Endangered                    White Dolphin and Wild Wings

                         Intro Elizabeth Curtin                    Intro Laurie Andes

                                              153                                    226 CRC






Read Green Conference Poster sessions


  • Saving the Past: Building the Future

      Erin Matthews, Lauren Hudson, Sherree West, and Stacey Wheatley         


  • A Garden of Learning

      Ali Messick, Katie Holbrook, and Beau Hickman


  • Interdisciplinary unit on Butterflies and their Life Cycle

      Jen Kennex


  • To help the World I Will…

      Christa Alt, Shelly Wurtz, and Romina Aspron


  • Let’s Save the Animals

      Andrea Matrona, Jamie Fallin, and Shannon Matthews


  • Square of Life

      Tirza Hortensius, JC Wolf, and Brittney Nolen


  • We are a Growing Community

       Brittany Hughes, Stacey Ruark, Hillary Davidson, and Maya Jennings


  • Make a Notion to Save the Ocean

      Kayla Bibeault, and Paige Thomas


  • A Frog’s World

      Kristina Stone, Morgan Iacona, and Mollie Beebe


  • Saving the Disappearing Animals

      Taylor Collignon, Yenica Gutierrez, Carmen Orellana, and Elizabeth Gray


  • How I Help Our World

      Lindsey Drury, Chelsea Tavik, and Veronica Ciany


·         Third Graders Finding Themselves While Exploring International Environmental Studies

      Gerrie Wiersburg and Ernie Bond


·         I Cut Down One Cherry Tree

      Dr .Yuan He


·         Endangered Animals

      Brittany Burley, Kelcey Klee, Linsday Volk, and Jessie Hofmann


·         Recycling

      Jessica Dryden, Mallory Crossland, Ashley Stewart, and Emily White


·         Making the World a Better Place

      Emma Brant, and Megan Newton


·         Frogs

      Megan Cutchess


·         A Visit to Africa

      Melissa Briggs


·         Global Warming/Alternative Energy

       Sarah Alpaugh, and Steve McGrillies








Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors







Description: earthArt, Children's Literature & the Environment


Part 1: Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds, and Citizen Scientists

In the Welcome Gallery

At the Ward Museum

April 3-June 2




Art created by Olivia Bouler, as well as photography by Jan van de Kam (from Moonbird), and Ellen Harasimowicz (from Citizen Scientists) will be on display at the Ward Museum in the Welcome Gallery



Part II: Art & Photography from Green Earth

Book Award Recipients

In the Curriculum Resource Center (TETC 226)

at Salisbury University


An amazing variety of art and photography from scratchboard to watercolors, cartoon art to stop-action photographs, will appeal to environmentalists of all ages. Works by Green Earth Book Award and honor book recipients depict topics as diverse as exploring every child's backyard, the reforestation of Kenya, protecting the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea, and the melting ice of the Arctic. The Green Earth Book Award (GEBA) was created by The Nature Generation in collaboration with SU to get more books with a message of environmental stewardship into the hands of children and young adults and to connect authors with youth. The GEBA are the nation's first annual awards for authors and illustrators whose books raise awareness of environmental stewardship, the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it. Captivating young people through the imagery of words and pictures is central to reaching and inspiring the next generation.










Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors





2013 Green Earth Book Award Winners

Winner – Picture Book

 The Family Tree, written and illustrated by David McPhail (published by Henry Holt and Co.)

Recommended AgeAge 4 to 8

 Book SynopsisA man in the 1800s comes upon a beautiful forest and decides to build his home there. When he clears the land, he leaves one special tree to grace his front yard. Over the years, several generations of his family enjoy this tree, but it is endangered by a plan to build a highway. A young boy and his host of animal friends get together to make a stand, and give back to the tree which has given them so much.

Winner – Children's Fiction

 One White Dolphin, written by Gill Lewis (published by Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Recommended AgeAge 8-12

Book SynopsisA satisfying stranded-dolphin rehabilitation and an edge-of-your-seat sailboat rescue.... Lewis evokes the natural world beautifully, with compelling descriptions of the surprising undersea and shoreline wonders that support the strong environmental message.

Winner – Young Adult Fiction

 Endangered, written by Eliot Schrefer (published by Scholastic)

Recommended AgeAge 12-18

Book SynopsisThe compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos--and herself--from a violent coup.

The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. It's her mother's passion, and she'd rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive.



Winner – Children's Nonfiction

 Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard, written by Loree Griffin Burns (published by Henry Holt and Co.)

Recommended AgeAges 8 and up

Book SynopsisDefining citizen science as "the study of the world by the people who live in it," Burns encourages children to try four activities, one for each season. In the fall, volunteers can tag monarch butterflies with stickers that help scientists track their migration. Winter brings opportunities for bird-watching and, in particular, the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. The chapter on spring frog monitoring describes a middle-school field trip that discovered many frogs with deformities and sparked an investigation by scientists. The summer project involves finding ladybugs, photographing them, and submitting information to the Lost Ladybug Project. Throughout this handsome volume, exceptionally clear color photos illustrate the animals mentioned and the adults and children observing them.

Winner – Young Adult Nonfiction

Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip Hoose (published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Recommended AgeAges 10 and up 

Book SynopsisNational Book Award–winning author Phillip Hoose takes us around the hemisphere with the world's most celebrated shorebird, showing the obstacles rufa red knots face, introducing a worldwide team of scientists and conservationists trying to save them, and offering insights about what we can do to help shorebirds before it's too late. With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird. Moonbird is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.


Honor Books

A Place for Bats, written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond (published by Peachtree Publishers)

Momentum, written by Saci Lloyd (published by Holiday House)

Puffling Patrol, written by Ted Lewin and illustrated by Betsey Lewin (published by Lee & Low Books)

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World, written by Laurie Lawlor and illustrated by Laura Beingessner (published by Holiday House)

The Hop, written by Sharelle Byars Moranville and illustrated by Niki Daly (published by Disney Hyperion)

The Story of the Blue Planet, written by Andri Snaer Magnason and illustrated by Aslaug Jonsdottir (published by Seven Stories Press)

The Unnaturalists, written by Tiffany Trent (published by Simon & Schuster/ S&S Books for Young Readers)


Read Green Festival Schedule

Thursday, April 4

6:00 -- 8:15


7:30– 8:15 pm


6 pm:          Welcome by Diane Allen, Salisbury University

6:05 pm:     Green Earth Book Award winner panel discussion

6:40 pm:     Keynote presentation by Olivia Bouler

7 pm:          Young Author Awards Presentation

7:15 pm:     Reception and Book Signing

8 pm:          Event Concludes


Reception and book signing

Holloway Hall Auditorium



Social Room, HH

Friday, April 5


Authors and illustrators visit local schools:


5:00 -- 7:00



5pm:         Reception

5:30pm:     Welcome and Exhibit Opening by Ward Museum

5:45pm:     Green Earth Book Award Presentation by The Nature Generation

6:30pm:     Reception and Book Signing

7pm:          Event Concludes


Ward Museum


Saturday, April 6

8 AM Coffee

9:00am – 3:00pm

Read Green Saturday Conference

register to attend Saturday's Conference


Salisbury University


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

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

See the 2012 Festival schedule click here

See the 2011 Festival schedule click here
See the 2010 Festival schedule click here
See the 2009 Festival highlights click here

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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








Young Author Contest


Read Green Saturday Conference


Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Olivia's Birds, Moonbirds and Citizen Scientists



Art, Children's Literature, and the Environment:

Art and Photography from GEBA




Green Earth Book Award Winner and Honors