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For Immediate Release (02-15)
Date: April 3, 2002 
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College to Host 13th Annual Celebration
of Children’s Literature

Montgomery College will host the 13th Annual Celebration of Children’s Literature, "Art and the Heart of the Story," Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Globe Hall of the High Technology and Science Center, Germantown Campus.

Designed for librarians, teachers, reading specialists, writers, artists, booksellers, and parents, the conference features acclaimed children’s book authors, illustrators, book sales and signings, an art show, and a variety of workshops. Montgomery College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education unit is sponsoring the event.

The featured morning speaker is Leonard Marcus, children’s literature critic, historian, and author/editor of more than a dozen books, including Awakened by the Moon: Margaret Wise Brown; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal; and Side by Side: Five Picture Book Teams Go to Work.

Afternoon speakers will address the topic of "Voices and Visions," a mixed media presentation by illustrators and members of the Children’s Book Guild, in which they will explore how people with different backgrounds create in diverse styles with artistic voices and techniques.

Small group workshops will include presentations on the challenges of creating culturally authentic illustrations; and simple ways to create or improve a library area for teens; writing about the mysterious and the ghostly for children and young adults. Also, how to use "juicy" sources in creating historical novels; deciphering the comics; what makes a Caldecott Award winner; finding your voice in fiction for middle grade readers; and 10 key tips to move your writing forward, and many more.

Along with Montgomery College, co-sponsors of the Celebration of Children’s Literature include: Montgomery County Public Schools; Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries; Friends of the Library, Montgomery County; Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C.; Maryland Library Association, Children’s Division; and the Catholic Library Association of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Registration, which includes continental breakfast, a box lunch, and all program materials, is $70 for Maryland residents and $90 for non-residents. The deadline for registration is April 16.

For a brochure or more information, contact Sandy Sonner at 240-567-2589 or Tracy Singleton at 240-567-2599; e-mail

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