AU To Host York Children’s Literature Festival March 26

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Anderson, Ind. — A staple of Anderson University is returning after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 11th Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival will take place March 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Gallery.

“I am really excited about this year’s York Children’s Literature Festival,” said Dr. Janet Brewer, library director. “We are changing things up a little by holding the festival in the Wilson Gallery in Krannert Hall and our author and illustrator, Michele Wood, will not only be talking about her children’s books but also exhibiting her artwork in the gallery.”

Wood is one of three guests for this year’s festival. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, she is the recipient of more than 35 awards and honors including the McCaw Scholarship, Global Ministry Grant, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and American Book Award. 

Known for her multimedia paintings, Wood has created a narrative of images that depict her stories. She has depicted a body of work that traces the African American evolution of history and continues to explore historical events and pioneers that shaped America. 

Joining her at this year’s festival will be Jason and Kendra Parks. Jason is the author of multiple children’s books and educational essays, including “The Wondercurrent,” “Ari’s Poetics,” and “The Unfinished City.” Along with writing fiction, he teaches English at Anderson University. His wife, Kendra, is the author of the uplifting beginning chapter book series “Grace Notes” and “Seen: 40 Days of Biblical Encouragement for Moms to Feel Seen.” The couple also own and operate ParksWrites, an independent publishing company. They are currently publishing educational fiction, children’s fantasy, general children’s fiction, and devotional literature.

To view the complete festival schedule, visit Anderson University online.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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