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Annual Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival
"Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Ernie Bond"
April 22, 2017

Fogelin Book Cover

Join us as we celebrate the memory of Dr. Ernie Bond at this year's Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival. The event will feature up to nine authors and illustrators, two discussion panels, and the presentation of the inaugural Sonia Lynn Sadler Diverse Illustrator Award. For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Dean at

Keynote Speech

This year's festival will be opened with a speech delivered by Adrian Fogelin.

Inaugural Sonia Lynn Sadler Diverse Illustrator Award

Larkin Book CoverSadler & Johnson Book Cover

This award, to be presented annually at Salisbury University, is named in honor of the illustrator Sonia Lynn Sadler and is sponsored by Sadler's parents and Jen Cullerton Johnson, whom's book, Seeds of Change, was illustrated by Sadler.

The first winner of the Sadler Diverse Illustrator Award is Eric-Shabazz Larkin for his work in Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.

Rotner Book CoverEnvironmental Panel

The Environmental Panel will feature Green Earth Book Award winners, including Shelley Rotner.

Social Justice Panel

The Social Justice Panel will feature Caldecott Medalist Bryan Collier and Coretta Scott King Award winner Carole Boston Weatherford.

Collier Book Cover
Weatherford Book Cover

The panel will also feature a presentation by Karen Legett Abouraya and the Children's Africana Book Awards founder Brenda Randolph.

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