It's never too early to start thinking about the holiday season
and what to get those special children on your list, and The University
of Southern Mississippi's 17th annual Holiday Book Fair could be
the perfect place to start shopping.
The fair will
be held Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on the second floor of Cook Library. Sponsored by the
Southern Miss Libraries and the de Grummond Children's Literature
Collection, the Holiday Book Fair promotes selections by children's
authors and illustrators typically not found in commercial bookstores.
time we started the fair, commercial bookstores had a limited selection
of children's book," said Dee Jones, curator of the de Grummond
Children's Literature Collection at Southern Miss and founder of
the Holiday Book Fair. "We felt that parents and grandparents
didn't have as much access to some of the variety of great children's
books authors, so we would ask publishers to send us titles that
we could display for the fair, as well as keep for our collection
The fair will
give visitors an opportunity to examine more than 1,000 new children's
and young adult books created by leading authors and illustrators.
Fairy tales and folklore, fantasy and fiction, nonfiction, classics,
and innovative new stories will be among the selections available.
There will also be board books, novels, picture books, toy books,
pop-ups and movables, as well as book and audio packages.
publishers and authors get a chance to promote their work at the
fair, and the de Grummond collection has benefited with new titles
added over the years. In addition, Jones said, school librarians
also have the opportunity to visit the fair and secure titles for
their own libraries.
is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best children's books
being published today, and to select a holiday gift for that special
child," said Sherry Laughlin, head of information services
for Cook Library at Southern Miss.
A book list
will be provided that gives ordering information for all of the
books on display. After locating a favorite title(s) at the book
fair, purchases can be made at a local bookstore or from online
sources like Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. There will be computers
available at the book fair for easy ordering on site.
information on the fair, contact Kaylene Behm at (601) 266-4251
or Sherry Laughlin at (601) 266-4270.