2018 Festival Information


Captain UnderpantsEach year, more than 400 teachers and librarians from across the nation come to the University of Southern Mississippi to hear major speakers and participate in concurrent sessions and workshops as authors, illustrators, and experts in the field share their knowledge and experience. CEUs are available for Mississippi educators.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Festival will be held April 11-13 with Medallion winner Dav Pilkey!  Keynote speakers include  Holly BlackRenée Watson, Carole Boston Weatherford and Salina Yoon.  Coleen Salley Storytelling Award winner Wanda Johnson, de Grummond Lecturer T.A. Barron, and Keats Lecturer Charlotte Jones Voiklis.




The Festival is proud to host the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.Ezra Jack Keats Award

Be sure to sign up for our listserv for book festival info via email.

**Print the 2018 Parking Pass.

The conference is held at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, MS. 

Map of the Southern Miss campus