Celebrating excellence in children’s and young adult literature
The 2022 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will continue to be held virtually next year. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of festival participants, the festival steering committee has made this decision due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
The dates for next year’s festival are April 6-8, 2022. Our Southern Miss Medallion winner is award-winning author and illustrator, Brian Selznick, winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Additional keynotes include Jen Bryant, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, Nic Stone, Raúl the Third, Angie Thomas, Eric L. Tribunella, and Donna Washington.
Registration for the 2022 Virtual Festival is $100 and CEUs will be offered to Mississippi educators. Registered virtual participants will have access to live sessions and recordings.
At this time we are not able to accept cash registration payments.
Paying with a credit card? Register here.
Paying with a purchase order or requisition? Register here.
To register with a personal check please mail your check to:
Children's Book Festival Registration
School of Library and Information Science
118 College Drive #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Please make checks payable to the Children's Book Festival and include a phone number where you may be reached.
Tentative Daily Schedules
8:30 a.m. CST
9-10 a.m. CST
10:15-11:15 a.m. CST
Noon-1:30 p.m. CST Keynote Session
Coleen Salley Storytelling Session
4-5:30 p.m. CST Keynote Session
Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science Lecture
Eric L. Tribunella
9-10:30 a.m. CST Keynote Session
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST Keynote Session
Southern Miss Medallion Session
1-2:30 p.m. CST Keynote Session
Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony
3-4 p.m. CST
4:15-5:15 p.m. CST
7-8 p.m. CST Keynote Session
EJK Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion