AU to host fifth annual children’s literature festival

Mon, 2013-09-09 16:36 -- univcomm
September 9, 2013

Anderson University will host the fifth annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the York Performance Hall. The all-day event (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is free and open to the public.

This year’s festival will bring to the Anderson University campus a number of individuals, including author/illustrator Chris Raschka, poet and picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich, author/illustrator Nathan Clement, and 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member Dennis LeLoup.

"We are especially excited to have two-time Caldecott winner, Chris Raschka, speaking at this year's Festival," said Dr. Janet Brewer, director of the Nicholson Library. "The Caldecott Medal recognizes the previous year's 'most distinguished American picture book for children.'" Brewer adds that "repeat winners are few and far between and Raschka won in 2006 for his book, Hello, Goodbye Window and in 2012 for his book, A Ball for Daisy."

Each guest this year brings a unique approach to the festival. Making a return visit to the Festival will be Dotlich, who was a guest in 2010. Clement and LeLoup are new to the York Festival. "Clement's approach to illustration is unique in that all of his illustrations are born digital and he will be demonstrating this process during his talk," said Brewer. LeLoup is a school library media specialist in Indianapolis and is currently serving on the committee that will select this year's Caldecott Medal and Honor winners. He will be speaking about the process of selecting the winners from a somewhat insider's point of view without giving away any information about current contenders.

An optional lunch is available for a cost of $10 per person. Festival t-shirts may be purchased for $12 ($14 for 2XL or $16 for 3XL).

The York Children’s Literature Festival is named for Dr. Elizabeth York. Elizabeth, with her husband, Dr. James M. York, initially donated to Anderson University a collection of about 6,000 rare children’s books, many of which are first editions and include such authors as A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, and Maurice Sendak. They continue purchasing materials for the collection. The Yorks also funded construction of the Elizabeth York and James York Reading Room and Special Collections, which was dedicated in October 2009 and funded a second storage facility in 2011.

For more information or to register, visit the festival page on the Nicholson Library website, call Janet Moore at (765) 641-4270, or send e-mail to jmmoore@anderson.edu. RSVP for the lunch by September 18.

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration; Book & T-Shirt Sales
  • 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome, Announcements & Introductions
  • 8:45 - 9: 45 a.m. Nathan Clement, author/illustrator*
  • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Dennis LeLoup, 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member*
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch; Book & T-Shirt Sales (REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE LUNCH)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Rebecca Kai Dotlich, poet and picture book author *
  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Chris Raschka, two-time Caldecott author/illustrator *
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Book Signings; Book & T-shirt Sales

* These workshops qualify for Professional Growth Points (PGP) and LEU for Librarians (1 each).

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.