30th Annual Children's Literature Festival
The 30th Annual Children's Literature Festival was held March 19-21 on Central Missouri's campus, with featured authors Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Ann Rinaldi, and artist Ruth Sanderson. Approximately 5,000 children and adults attended the sessions Thursday and Friday, sharing in the experience of hearing authors speak about their works and their writing. On Saturday, special sessions for adults were given by Caroline Arnold, Ruth Sanderson, Sandy Asher, and David Harrison.
Other authors participating were C. S. Adler, Mary Jane Auch, Gary Blackwood, Candy Dawson Boyd, Clyde Robert Bulla, Patricia Calvert, Joan Carris, Shirley Climo, David Collins, Carol Fenner, Jan Greenberg, Vicki Grove, Mary Downing Hahn, Cheryl Harness, Madge Harrah, Patricia Hermes, Constance Hiser, Isabelle Holland, Dean Hughes, Carol Kendall, Constance Levy, David Melton, Ben Mikaelsen, Claudia Mills, Bernice Rabe, Carolyn Reeder, Barbara Robinson, Ivy Ruckman, Pamela Service, Eleanora E. Tate, G. Clifton Wisler, and June Rae Wood.
Dawna Lisa Buchanan, in addition to attending as author, teaches the Children's Literature class (EDCI 3410) formerly taught by Phil Sadler. Mr. Sadler, although retired from Central Missouri's faculty, continues to direct the festival and support a commitment to children's literature through this yearly event.
Special thanks to the many other Central employees who contributed considerable time and effort to make the festival a success. Festival organizers included: Ophelia Gilbert, (co-director), Aileen Helmick, Naomi Williamson, Doris Brookshier, Ellen Wickham, Cheryl Riley, Carol Vacek, and Dawna Lisa Buchanan.
Due to renovation of the Lovinger building this year, most events were moved to the Wood building.
The current exhibit in the Ophelia Gilbert Room, "Legendary Princesses" features 22 books about princesses from 1880 to 1996. The featured books are from the library's Research Collection in Literature for Children and Young Adults.
Illustration from A Treasury of Princesses by festival participants Shirley Climo, author, and Ruth Sanderson, illustrator.