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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Celebrating excellence in children’s and young adult literature

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The 2024 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will take place April 10-12 on campus at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. We’re honored to announce that Cynthia Leitich Smith is the 2024 Southern Miss Medallion winner. Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate. Her novel Hearts Unbroken won an American Indian Youth Literature Award and she has been named one of the 10 Must-Read Native American Authors by Book Riot. Smith’s anthology Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids was an ALA Children’s Notable Book in addition to winning the Reading the West Young Readers Book Award.

Additional keynotes include Coleen Salley Storytelling Lecturer Juana Martinez-Neal, de Grummond Lecturer Jason Chin, Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome, Brendan Kiely, Dhonielle Clayton, Carmen Oliver, and Southern Miss SLIS Lecturer Liz Kleinrock.

Registration will open soon! 

Workshop proposals are now live.


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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Southern Miss SLIS
118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 30406

Hattiesburg Campus

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The Festival began in 1968.

Over 300 teachers and librarians attend each year.

CEUs are available to Mississippi educators.