"Is there anyone here who thinks reading and writing are FUN?"
That’s the question bestselling Sisters Grimm author Michael Buckley asked college students, parents, kids and teachers during Salisbury University’s annual Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival and Green Earth Book Award celebration. The response was a resounding yes. As "walking proof" that books can change lives, he credits a school librarian for sparking his interest with a copy of the classic children’s novel The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
In addition to Buckley's keynote address and lecture, other author/illustrator talks featured several 2010 Green Earth Book Award-winners: Eileen Spinelli, Anne Kennedy, Marfe Ferguson Delano and S. Terrill French. Their books explored such topics as global warming and redwood forest destruction. Author Peter Gould, one of last year's winners, also offered workshops on Shakespeare and writing, and physical comedy.
The festival included surprise recognition from the White House, honoring Drs. Ernie Bond, Patricia Dean and Laura Marasco of SU's education departments with the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award. They were nominated by the Newton Marasco Foundation, a Virginia-based non-profit environmental charity, for dedicating over 500 hours to its Green Earth Book Awards. The book awards are the nation's first to laud environmental stewardship in children’s and young adult literature.