Anderson University will host the second annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Nicholson Library. 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 award-winning author and illustrator David Slonim, award-winning children’s and young adult author Candace Fleming, poet and picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and rare book dealer Maggie Page.
"We are very excited about the authors and rare book dealer for this year's York Festival," said Dr. Janet Brewer, director of the Nicholson Library. "David Slonim was such a hit last year, so we invited him back. New to the Festival is Rebecca Kai Dotlich, who will be speaking about writing poetry for children. Candace Fleming, also new to the Festival, will be speaking about writing children's nonfiction books. Last, but certainly not least, Maggie Page will be speaking about collecting rare children's books. Many of the children's books in the York Collection were purchased from Page's Books."
A traveling art exhibit will also be on display during the festival. "Speak: Children's Book Illustrators Brag about Their Dogs" includes 33 original illustrations by internationally recognized children's book artists and comes to AU from the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books at the University of Findlay (Ohio).
An optional lunch is available for a cost of $9 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, last year 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. The Yorks also funded construction of the Elizabeth York and James York Reading Room and Special Collections, which was dedicated in October 2009.
Schedule of events:
- 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. — Registration; book and t-shirt sales
- 8:30 – 8:45 — Welcome and introductions
- 8:45 – 9:45 — *David Slonim, award-winning children’s author/illustrator and oil painter
- 9:45 – 10:15 — Break
- 10:15 – 11:15 — **Maggie Page, rare book dealer specializing in children’s literature
- 11:15 – 12:45 — Lunch; book and t-shirt sales; reading room open; Mazza Art Exhibit, “Speak”
- 1:00 – 2:00 — *Candace Fleming, award-winning children’s and young adult author
- 2:15 – 3:15 — *Rebecca Kai Dotlich, poet and picture book author
- 3:15 – 4:00 — Book signings; book and t-shirt sales; reading room open; Mazza Art Exhibit, “Speak”
* These workshops qualify for Teacher Professional Development Points (4) ** This workshop qualifies for one (1) LEU for librarians.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.