Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2008 Keene State College Children's Literature Festival

The 2008 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival will be held on Saturday, November 1st. It looks to be another great festival. Just look at the list of speakers!!! I highly recommend this children’s literature event. Come join us in New Hampshire this year. (Click here for the registration form.)

Featured Speakers
(The list below was taken from the Festival Web site.)

Steven Kellogg presented at our very first festival on April 1, 1978. His books are loved by children, and he is known for his energetic and humorous presentations. His beloved harlequin Great Dane inspired Pinkerton, Behave! and his senior cat Secondhand Rose was in its sequel A Rose For Pinkerton. His tall tale titles include Mike Fink, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Johnny Appleseed. He has also done nonfiction work as in If You Made A Million. A new book is Clorinda about a farm cow who goes to the ballet. Steven's website is

Andrew Glass lives in NYC and is a twin. He has illustrated many books for other authors and well as writing and illustrating his own. He is the illustrator of the Appalachian folktale Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap! as well as She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain. He is the illustrator of Eric A. Kimmel's The Erie Canal Pirates. He illustrated The Legend of Strap Buckner and Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson. Two of the books he both wrote and illustrated are The Wondrous Whirligig and Bewildered for Three Days: As to Why Daniel Boone Never Wore His Coonskin Cap. For information about Andrew, go to

Eric A. Kimmel, of Oregon, has retold so many folktales from around the world that it would be a task of identify them all. Some of his titles include, I Took My Frog To The Library, Hershel And The Hanukka Goblins illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, several Anansi tales from Africa, from the Ukraine Sirko And The Wolf, from the Middle East Onions & Garlic, from Italy Count Silvernose, from Israel Why The Snake Crawls On Its Belly, and from China The Rooster's Antlers. Eric's web site is

Carolyn Coman divides her time between homes in Waymart, PA and South Hampton, NH. Her first novel was Tell Me Everything. For Many Stones she was a National Book Award finalist and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient. What Jamie Saw, a novel about child abuse set in New Hampshire, was a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor Book. The Big House is a funny crime and punishment novel with siblings Ivy and Ray. Its sequel is Sneaking Suspicions. Both of these books have drawings by Rob Shepperson. Coman and Shepperson are currently working on another project.

Rob Shepperson, of Croton-on Hudson, NY will be co-presenting with Carolyn Coman. In addition to their books together, Rob has been the illustrator for other authors' works. Some of these include: Under the Kisseltoe by J. Patrick Lewis, Bugs by David L. Harrison, and Thunderbloom by Charlotte Pomerantz. Rob has a web site at

Jerry Pinkney is a good friend of Keene State College and has been here several times. He has been creating art for more than 30 and has more than 75 children's books. His truly exceptional art has earned him numerous awards including Caldecott Honors, Correta Scott King Awards, and King Honors. Just a few of his titles are Sam And The Tigers; Black Cowboy, Wild Horses; Drylongso; Mirandy And Brother Wind; and John Henry. His illustrations for Noah's Ark earned him one of his Caldecott Honor Awards in 2003.

More Festival Information

Here’s the daily schedule for a festival.

Click here for directions.

Read A Keene Time in New Hampshire, a blog post about the 2007 Festival written by Liz Goulet Dubois.

Here’s my post about the 2007 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival.

Owl Unveiling at Keene State College
Children’s author and illustrator Michael Dooling will be at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, October 25th. Dooling created the one hundredth owl for the Festival Owl Project. There will be a special unveiling of the owl at the college at 3:30 PM. Dooling will then be doing a free presentation on the second floor of Rhodes Hall from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

(You can read more about the “Keene” owls here.)


ChatRabbit said...

I am so bummed out that I can't go this year...what a great lineup!

Elaine Magliaro said...


I'm sorry I won't see you there. I had a great time at the Festival last year with Grace and Anna!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

What a line-up!

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