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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

General Information

Learn about the history of the Kaigler Festival in An Historical Analysis of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival by Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science alum Leah Rials.

The Festival is proud to host the Coleen Salley Storytelling Lecture, the Ezra Jack Keats Award and The Magnolia Book Awards.

Be sure to like the Kaigler Festival on Facebook to get all the latest Kaigler Festival news. Email announcements are sent via Constant Contact- email to get added to the email list!

Tentative Upcoming Festival Dates:

April 10-12, 2024
April 23-25, 2025
April 15-17, 2026
April 7-9, 2027
April 19-21, 2028


  • Stacy Creel, Chair, Associate Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
  • Phil Bildner, The Author Village
  • Catharine Bomhold, Associate Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ramona Caponegro, Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, University of Florida
  • Elizabeth Haynes, Associate Professor Emerita, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Marianne Martens, Associate Professor, Kent State University School of Information
  • Jamie C. Naidoo, Interim Director & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, The University of Alabama
  • Venetia Oglesby, Librarian, New Hope Elementary
  • Kathy Roberts, Coordinator of Children’s and Youth Services for Central Mississippi Regional Library System
  • Don Tate, Author-Illustrator
  • Deborah Taylor, Retired, Coordinator of School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Eric L. Tribunella, Professor of English, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Stacy Creel, Chair, Southern Miss SLIS
  • Sarah Mangrum, Southern Miss SLIS
  • Ashley Marshall, Southern Miss SLIS
  • Ellen Ruffin, University Libraries
  • Sarah Mangrum, Outreach and Technology Coordinator
  • Ashley Marshall, Registration and Technology Coordinator
  • Ramona Caponegro, Breakout Session Coordinator
  • Dottie Higgs, Graduate Student Social Media Coordinator

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Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

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118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 30406

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