Children's Literature Festival

Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival 2015

February 27 & 28, 2015

Each year, the festival brings together educators librarians, parents, students and the best authors, illustrators and editors in the nation. Once again Festival Faculty is once again chosen from the “best of the best.” As one attendee said, “I thought you would never top this year’s conference -- then I saw your 2015 line-up. I’m ready to sign up now!” The faculty for 2015 keeps growing.  Award winning 2015 Festival faculty now includes Avi, Lois Ehlert, Peter Brown, Jennifer L. Holm, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Marc Tyler NoblemanKristine O’ConnellCaroline Arnold and editor/publisher Allyn Johnston.

Brown Curious Garden logoWhy do people come—and keep coming back? In the words of past participants, it is:
“A small, intimate conference where you can spend time with the authors and illustrators.”
“A unique opportunity to spend time with others who share a passion about children’s books.”
“I never know what will happen, but it is always what I needed.”

PLAN AHEADPreview the schedule and breakout sessions for a look at two days packed with the best children’s literature has to offer.

PARTICIPATE IN POETRY BURSTS. Poetry Bursts are scheduled for both days of the festival so you will have several opportunities to share your favorite poem (must be for children and readily available in a published book). There will be a signup sheet at the front table under the display of poems from festival poets.

ASPIRING AUTHOR POSTER SESSION: Do you have a draft, and idea, or notes for a picture book or children’s novel? Come share your ideas and get feedback from other writers and readers! Using a single, standard size piece of poster board, represent the gist of your idea (you could show a possible cover, create a story board, present the characters, illustrate one scene, etc -- your creativity is the only limit on possibilities). Along with your poster, bring 25 copies of a handout to share that adds additional information (make sure to include your name, contact information, and copyright date). The posters will remain on display for the duration of the conference so that people can drop in and check things out. During the Aspiring Author Breakout Session, each author will have a few minutes (probably 5, depending on number of participants) to present their poster/work to attendees. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact Heather King to reserve a space or for more information.

REGISTER FOR THE 2015 FESTIVAL and meet the top children’s authors in the nation. Learn about them, their books and the back story for their work. Make new friends and share a wonderful educational experience.  Check out the special rates for traditionally published authors, SCBWI members, students and three people registering together.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Once again the Ayres Hotel Redlands is partnering with the University to offer special rates for guests registered for the Festival.

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS take place on the University of Redlands campus. Registration check-in, meals and general sessions take place in Orton Conference Center which is centrally located on campus. Free parking is available near the building.

Give a gift to yourself.  Register now for The Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival. Better yet, bring two friends so that the three of you can share two days of the best children’s literature has to offer and save $25 each. Register online or by mail.

For additional information, contact festival secretary Colleen Quesada at 909-748-8791 or email the festival coordinator Marjorie Arnett. Keep coming back for regular updates about featured speakers, special festival events, registration information, and pictures from past years.


Artwork from The Curious Garden,
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009
with permission of author illustrator Peter Brown

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