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Registration for the 2024 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is now open! 

Regular registration begins February 10, 2024

No cash will be accepted.

Click here to register in our online store!

For purchase orders, please use the online shop to begin the registration process or email mary.a.osborneFREEMississippi 

Early Bird Rates

Full registration (including ticketed events) – $295
All three days – $220
All three days (retired librarian/over 60) - $200

Regular Registration

Full registration (including ticketed events) – $350
Three Days (luncheons not included) – $275
Three Days Retired librarian/over 60 –$ 225
Single day/Online Only Rate – $225

Southern Miss Community

USM Faculty and Staff – $100 for all three days
USM Full-time student – $50 for all 3 days

Ticketed events (included in full registration)

Wednesday Luncheon– $25
Thursday EJK Award Luncheon –$ 25
Friday Luncheon - $25

Please use the affiliate links below in order to make your reservation and secure the group rate. 

Hotel Indigo - Guests must register by 2-29-2024 to receive special rate. Breakfast not included.

Fairfield Inn - Breakfast Included

Hampton Inn - Breakfast included

LaQuinta Inn - To book, call the hotel at 769-223-6000 and specify to the agent you'd like to book your stay through the Kaigler Book Festival group rate. Alternately, you can email the general manager, Tara O'Rourke, at

TownePlace Suites by Marriott- To book, call or follow this link.

More to come! 


Contact Us

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Southern Miss SLIS
118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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