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Annual Children's & Young Adult Literature Festival

2018 Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival

Wednesday, April 18
 7 p.m. in Academic Commons
 Featuring: 2017 Mewberry winner, Matt de la Pena

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

Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m.-3:30p.m.
Featuring: Sharon Flake, Derrick Barnes, Chris Barton,
Bryan Collier and Jen Cullerton

Join us as we celebrate the memory of Dr. Ernie Bond at this year's Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival. The event will feature ten authors and illustrators, three discussion panels, and the presentation of the inaugural Sonia Lynn Sadler Diverse Illustrator Award. For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Dean at

Online Registration


  • 12:30-1:00
    Lunch Break, provided with conference fee, on site.
  • 1:00-1:30
    Poster sessions with SU Children's Literature Students
    Buy raffle tickets from Leslie Sinclair, books from Children's Book Garden
  • 1:30-2:00
    Global Understanding Through Picture Books with Karen Leggett Abouraya of the Africana Awards
    Moderators: Jazzmin James, KaiLea Stiffler
    Africana Awards Seal

2nd Inaugural Sonia Lynn Sadler Diverse 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, Teacher Education Department at SU, and Sonia's parents, Wellington and Inez Sadler.

See more about the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award.

Meet the two new winners on April 21st!

Green Earth Award Photo 


Unveiling of 2018 Green Earth Book Award winners will be during the festival as well.

Photo Galleries

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