Anderson, Indiana

AU to host third annual children’s literature festival

Tue, 2011-08-30 08:50 -- univcomm
August 30, 2011

Anderson University will host the third annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Nicholson Library. The all-day event (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is free and open to the public.

yorkfestival11This year’s festival will bring to the Anderson University campus a number of individuals, including award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, award-winning children’s author April Pulley Sayre, and noted rare book dealer Jett Whitehead.

“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. “Many will recognize Bryan Collier as one of the premiere children’s illustrators in the United States. Mr. Collier is a two-time Coretta Scott King award winner as well as a three time Caldecott Honor Illustrator. His illustrations have been described as “downright gorgeous and emotionally powerful.”

Also joining us will be South Bend author, April Pulley Sayre, award-winning author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Ms. Sayre’s picture book, Vulture View, won the Theodor “Seuss” Geisel Honor award in 2008. Last, Jett Whitehead, noted rare book dealer specializing in modern poetry, will be speaking about the York Collection’s World War One poetry holdings. Mr. Whitehead spoke at the first York Festival about the York Collection’s Robert Frost holdings.

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, initially 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. They continue purchasing materials for the collection. The Yorks also funded construction of the Elizabeth York and James York Reading Room and Special Collections, which was dedicated in October 2009 and funded a second storage facility in 2011.

For more information or to register, visit the festival page on the Nicholson Library website, call Janet Moore at (765) 641-4270, or send e-mail to jmmoore@anderson.edu. RSVP for lunch by Sept. 19.

Schedule of events:

  • 8:00-8:30Registration; Book & T-shirt Sales
  • 8:30-9:00Welcome & Introductions, Dr. James York—Recollections of Albert Einstein
  • 9:00-10:00Bryan Collier, Award-winning Children’s Illustrator*
  • 10:00-10:30Break
  • 10:30-11:30Jett Whitehead, Noted Rare Book Dealer**
  • 11:30-12:45Lunch; Book & T-shirt Sales; Reading Room Open
  • 1:00-2:00April Pulley Sayre, Award-winning Children’s Author*
  • 2:15-3:15Bryan Collier, Award-winning Children’s Illustrator*
  • 3:15-4:00Book Signings; Book & T-shirt Sales; Reading Room Open

* 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 2,600 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.