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13th Annual Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival

13th annual Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival March 13-14 at University of Redlands

Several of the world's most beloved children's book authors and illustrators will speak at the upcoming Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival March 13-14 at the University of Redlands. All those with an interest in children's literature are invited to attend.

The festival features two days of speakers and workshops. This year's line-up of featured speakers includes:

- Ashley Bryan author/illustrator of Let it Shine and Beautiful Blackbird, the year's Charlotte Huck endowed speaker. In place of a traditional speech, University of Cincinnati associate professor Dr. Darwin Henderson will interview Ashley accompanied by a presentation of his life's work. Henderson, guest curator for the Ashley Bryan retrospective at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will recreate that exhibit's opening "lecture."

- Pat Cummings, author/illustrator of Clean Your Room Harvey Moon, Ananse and Lizard as well as the Talking with the Artists series.

- Kristine O'Connell George, author of The Great Frog Race and Fold Me a Poem who will invite the audience to participate in an open-mic poetry reading while they explore The Music and Magic of Poetry.

- Leonard Marcus, historian, critic, and writer about children's books. His Minders of Make Believe is the first ever history of American children's book publishing from "colonial times to Harry Potter."

- Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Award winner A Single Shard , and Keeping Score, as well as several picture books including Tap Dancing on the Roof, a book of sijo poems.

- Susan Goldman Rubin, author of a number of biographies of creative figures including Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud

Founded by Charlotte Huck, an internationally renowned children's literature expert, author, and long-time professor at the Ohio State University, the festival is dedicated to developing readers who find a lifetime of pleasure in reading good books. The festival is a long-time favorite of teachers and librarians but is also popular with parents, grandparents, home schooling advocates, aspiring children's authors – anyone interested in understanding what makes good children's literature.

"Past attendees describe the festival as a gift they give themselves,” says festival coordinator Marjorie Arnett. "This gathering is inspiring, and gives all of us a renewed enthusiasm for bringing a love of literature to the children in our lives.”

In addition to the featured speakers, festival attendees will choose from more than 20 break-out sessions covering topics as diverse as classroom activities, library programs, author studies, how to help children write their own books, family literacy programs, multicultural literature, historical perspectives, current trends, and writing for children. There will be vendors selling children's books and book illustrations that is open to the public.

New this year is an opportunity for aspiring authors to have their manuscripts read and critiqued by an agent from the most powerful literary agency on the West Coast. Also new this year are two special interest networking opportunities. "The Writing Group" will provide time for novice writers and illustrators to meet together. "Weaving Charlotte's Web" will provide an opportunity for teachers of children's literature to meet and share ideas.

The cost for the two-day festival has been reduced to $150, which includes all speakers, all break-out sessions, all meals, and materials. Single day and student rates are also available. The registration form can be downloaded online by going to http://www.redlands.edu/childrensliteraturefestival.asp, or call Colleen Quesada in the University of Redlands School of Education at (909) 748-8791 to register in person. Reservation deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9, or earlier if the conference is filled.

Contact: Shelli Stockton shelli.stockton@gmail.com (909) 856-7146 (Phone)

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