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Annual Children's & Young Adult Literature Festival

2018 Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival

New Beginnings: Celebrating Individuality and Diversity in Children’s Literature

Matt Pena - we were here Book CoverWednesday, April 18Matt Pena - Last Stop book cover
 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall, Academic Commons
 Featuring: 2017 Newbery winner, Matt de la Peña

Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m. in Wicomico Room, Guerrieri Center 
Young Authors Award Ceremony

Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m.-3:30p.m.
The Skin i'm In - Book CoverFeaturing: Sharon Flake, Derrick Barnes, Chris Barton,Dazzle Ships - Book Cover
Bryan Collier and Jen Cullerton Johnson

2018 Sonia Lynn Sadler Award winners
Daria Peoples-Riley and Gordon C. James

This is It book Cover                    Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut - Book Cover

For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Dean at

Online Registration


  • 8:30
    Sign in, "Meet and Greet" and enjoy a light morning snack 
  • 9:00-Lunchtime
     Morning Session
  •  Guest Authors'/Illustrators' Presentations
  • Derrick Barnes
    Derrick Barnes photo  Crown book
  • Sharon Flake
    Sharon Flake image  The Skin Im In book
  • Chris Barton
    Chris Braton author  Shark Train book  Dazzle Ships book
  • Bryan Collier
    Bryan Collier  Between the Lines book
  • Sonia Lynn Sadler Illustrator Award
    Moderator: Jen Cullerton Johnson
    Sadler    Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Daria Peoples-Riley and Gordon C. James
    Daria Peoples-Riley Headshot Photo      Gordon C. James working on cover of "CROWN"
  • Jenny Schmidt, Nature Generation: Green Earth Book Awards Winners unveiled!
    Nature Generation Logo Green Earth Book Award
  • 12:30-1:30
    Lunch provided and poster presentations.
  • 1:30-3:30
    Round table discussions with Authors/Illustrators, raffles and signings.

2nd Sonia Lynn Sadler Illustrator Award

Sadler & Johnson Book CoverThis award, to be presented annually at Salisbury University, is named in honor of the illustrator Sonia Lynn Sadler and is sponsored by Jen Cullerton Johnson, whose book, Seeds of Change, was illustrated by Sadler, Dr. Patricia Dean, Early and Elementary Teacher Education Department at SU, and Sonia's parents, Wellington and Inez Sadler.

See more about the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award.

     This Is It Book-image  Daria Peoples-Riley image 

                                   Crown book  Gordon C. James

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Thanks to The Children’s Book Garden for providing book sales during the festival.

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