Renowned Authors at Festival

Highlights of the 2013 Festival


The Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival, now in its 18th year, will again draw children's literature enthusiasts from around the country to the University of Redlands Jan. 24 and 25.

You will have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, as well as attend small group workshops that will include the best new children’s books and practical ideas for bringing children and books together. Festival speakers include:

  • Lois Lowry, the Newbery Award-winning author of "Number the Stars" and the quartet series that began with "The Giver" and completed with "Son." "The Giver" is now in production as a feature film based on Lowry's book. In conjunction with Lowry's visit to Redlands, the University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department will present a stage play based on this book. Tickets for this production can be purchased from the University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department at 909-748-8728.
  • Candace Fleming, award-winning author of picture books, historical picture books, biographies, novels and stories. In June 2013, Fleming released "Papa's Mechanical Fish" and in 2012 she teamed up with Festival presenter Eric Rohman on "Oh No!"
  • Paul Janeczko, poet and author of anthologies and how-to guides for kids on writing humor, poetry and essays. In 2013 Janeczko released "Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto" and has two books planned for release in 2014.  
  • Eric Rohmann, an author and illustrator of children's books; recipient of the Caldecott Honor and Caldecott Medal. His 2013 release was "Time Flies." 
  • David Wiesner, a highly acclaimed picture book creator, illustrator, author and three-time Caldecott Medal recipient and a Caldecott Honor recipient. His 2013 release was "Mr. Wuffles!"
  • Eugene Yelchin, a Russian-born author and illustrator. His 2012 release, "Breaking Stalin's Nose," received a Newbery Honor award. He has also received the National Jewish Book Award and a Tomie de Paola award.
  • Kristine O’Connell George, considered one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has won numerous awards for her work. George's 2011 release, "Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems" received the Claudia Lewis Award and other awards. 
  • Alexis O’Neill, a children's fiction author and multiple award winner. In 2013, she released "The Kite that Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge." 
  • Editor Dinah Stevenson.

Key information for the event:

Internationally renowned children's literature expert Charlotte Huck, the founder of Festival, believed that, “If you present the right books to children, they will read and enjoy them. So, bringing children and books together really means getting them excited about reading.”

For more information, contact Festival secretary Colleen Quesada at 909-748-8791 or email the Festival coordinator Marjorie Arnett.

Posted: Jan. 6, 2014


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