The 2024 Children’s Book Festival is set for Thursday, March 28, at the Ford Center for Performing Arts. The first-grade author is Alice Faye Duncan. Duncan has written more than a dozen books for children, including Evicted!, A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks, and Martin, Memphis, and the Mountaintop. Her most recent book is Yellow Dog Blues. Her books have been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards and have been named to several best books of the year lists. Duncan lives in Memphis, where she often writes about her home state’s people and history.
The fifth-grade author is Karina Glaser, with her book is The Vanderbeekers of 141st St.

About the Children’s Book Festival

The goal of the Children’s Book Festival is to give each child a book of their own, which they will read along with classmates and their teacher during the school year. The Children’s Book Festival serves more than 1,200 area first-graders and fifth-graders from schools in Lafayette County and Oxford. Committees made up of local school librarians, teachers, and representatives from the Lafayette County Literacy Council (sponsor of the first grade), Junior Auxiliary (sponsor of the fifth grade), and Square Books, Jr. choose the book each year. The Conference then invites those authors to present programs to each grade.

Continuing Education Units for Teachers

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for teachers are offered for the Conference for the Book through the University of Mississippi’s Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.

The form is available here.

Please address any questions about the CEU process to the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education at 662-915-7283.

The form should be returned to the following address:
The University of Mississippi
 Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
, Attn:  Mary Leach
, Post Office Box 1848, 
University, MS  38677