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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Celebrating excellence in children’s and young adult literature

2024 Save the Date Card


Greetings 2024 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival attendees. The link for the recordings is now available. Keynote sessions will be added as soon as possible. You may access the recordings here: and . It requires that you log in using the email that you registered with. If you have any questions, please email me at Reminder that CEUs must be submitted by May 7th electronically ( 

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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, Carmen Oliver, and Southern Miss SLIS Lecturer Liz Kleinrock.

Registration is open now! 

Download a PDF of this year's schedule HERE.

Download and print this year's parking pass HERE.

Thanks to the Mississippi Library Commission, we will be able to offer a total of approximately 3.8 CEUs for the 2024 Festival! 

  VisitHattiesburg LogoThis year, the Kaigler Book festival is possible in part thanks to a grant from VisitHattiesburg. We look forward to welcoming our speakers and attendees to our beautiful city and showing them all that it has to offer! 

Contact Us

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

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

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.