Children’s Book Festival

The 2018 Oxford Conference for the Book Children’s Book Festival will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the Ford Center for Performing Arts.

This year’s author for both grades is Matt de la Pena. At 9 a.m., de la Pena will be with the first graders for his book Last Stop on Market Street, at at 10:30 a.m., he will be with the fifth graders for his book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. De la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

About the Children’s Book Festival

The goal of the CBF is to give each child a book of his or her 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. Matt de la Peña will sign books at Square Books, Jr. that afternoon.

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.

Teachers may earn 1.6 CEUs by attending the conference. In order to do so, please print and fill out the following form, found here: OCBCEU. There will also be forms available from the conference information table during the event.

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 879
University, MS  38677