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Fay B. Kaigler 2020 Children’s Book Festival Virtual Lectures set for Nov. 16-20

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 03:06pm | By: David Tisdale

Virtual 2020 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival The School of Library and Information Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will present the 2020 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival (CBF) Virtual Lectures Nov. 16-20. These lectures are free with registration; space is limited.

The 2020 CBF was originally scheduled for April, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For our friends, fans, and Kaigler Book Festival family, I’m so overjoyed to be able to share this stellar slate of virtual events with you today,” said Karen Rowell, director of the CBF. “Though we wish we could be together in person this year, this virtual line-up is beyond compare.”

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to Mississippi educators. An online form to request CEU credits is forthcoming. Rowell noted that because many educators rely on the festival for their CEUs, “we felt the need to supplement the missed sessions from April.”

The schedule of programming includes the following:

Nov. 16
Coleen Salley Storytelling with Michael Fry, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Ezra Jack Keats Lecture with Randy Testa, 7-8:30 pm.

Nov. 17
Ezra Jack Keats Award 35th anniversary. Panel session - “Children’s Book Creation: Passion, Craft, Commitment,” noon – 12:30 p.m., featuring Derrick Barnes, Sophie Blackall, Shirin Yim Bridges, Meg Medina, Shadra Strickland and Don Tate.

deGrummond Lecture featuring Emma Walton Hamilton, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 18
Keynote lecture with Jason Reynolds, noon-1:30 p.m.

Nov. 19
Keynote lecture with Laurie Halse Anderson
, noon-1:30 p.m.

Nov. 20
Southern Miss Medallion Lecture with Rita Williams-Garcia


Registration is found at Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom lectures closer to the event. The link will be sent to the email submitted with your registration. Check your email regularly for updates.

In addition, registrants will have access to seven professional development lectures throughout November from the In Conversation lecture series from The Author Village ( The signup form for these lectures will be sent separately to those registered for the 2020 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival Virtual Lectures.

For more information about the 2020 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival Virtual Lectures, visit For information about the School of Library and Information Science, which is housed in the USM College of Education and Human Sciences, visit