Released March 24, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS TO HOST 36TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S BOOK FEST

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi will host its 36th annual Children's Book Festival April 2-4 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention, where the 2003 Southern Miss Medallion Recipient, Lois Lowry, will be honored.

Lowry was awarded the 1994 Newbery Medal for The Giver and the 1990 Newbery Medal for Number the Stars. She lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"The festival's celebration of children's literature, which began in 1968, has expanded with each year to bring the most talented authors and illustrators to Mississippi," said Dr. Rosemary Chance, director of the festival. "Through its tradition of celebrating children's literature, the festival brings recognition throughout the United States to the university, to the School of Library and Information Science and to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection."

Other guest writers, illustrators and educators scheduled to present at the festival include Floyd Cooper, an illustrator of picture books that include African-American characters; Sharon Draper, 1997 National Teacher of the Year and writer of young adult fiction; Eliza Dresang, the 2003 Ezra Jack Keats lecturer and associate professor of library science at Florida State University; Mary Hamilton, a professional storyteller, recording artist and workshop leader from Kentucky; Peter Sis, an award-winning illustrator and author and winner of the 1998 Caldecott Honor for Starry Messenger, a picture biography of Galileo; and Nancy Willard, essayist, literary critic, novelist and lecturer of English at Vassar College, who also won the Newbery Award in 1982 and was a 1982 Caldecott Honor recipient.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 2
2-7:30 p.m. Registration
2-5 p.m. Book Sales
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops
Workshop 1:
Nancy Willard
Workshop 2:
Deb Taylor
5-6 p.m. Gallery Talk at de Grummond
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
7-8 p.m. Storytelling Speaker: Mary HamiltonThursday, April 3
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration
8-4 p.m. Book Sales and Exhibits
9-10 a.m. Medallion Session
Speaker: Lois Lowry
10-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Session
Speaker: Peter Sis
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon
Speaker: Sharon Draper
1-3 p.m. Autograph Session
1-2 p.m. Concurrent Workshops (2)
Workshop 3:
Mary Hamilton
Workshop 4:
Dee Jones
2-3 p.m. Concurrent Workshops (2)
Workshop 5:
Coleen Salley
Workshop 6:
Sean George
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Gallery Talk at de Grummond
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
7:30-8:30 p.m. Dessert Reception

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