For Children and Teachers

The 2016 Oxford Conference for the Book Children’s Book Festival will be held on Friday, March 4 at the Ford Center for Performing Arts. The CBF serves more than 1,200 area first graders and fifth graders from schools in Lafayette County and Oxford.

Presenting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4 for the 1st Grade:
Laurie Keller, Scrambled States of America

Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. After graduating high school,  she took education classes at a local community college and studied dance until a friend brought her to see a show at the Kendall College of Art and Design, which re-sparked her interest, causing her to enroll and receive a degree from the college in illustration.

Following graduation, Keller worked for seven years for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card artist. While there, she was allowed to design entire cards, which caused her to consider writing and illustrating books. Starting in 1997, she made illustrations for Nickelodeon and later in 1998, she directed 6 network ID’s for the channel with Pitch Productions, using pipe-cleaners and cel animation.

Keller has written and illustrated six books for Henry Holt: The Scrambled States of America, a geography book; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, a dental book about tooth care; Arnie the Doughnut, about an anthropomorphic doughnut; Grandpa Gazillion’s Number Yard, a number book, Do Unto Otters, a book about manners; and The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, the follow-up to her 1998 debut.

Presenting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4 for the 5th Grade:

Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7s

Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and lived in California, The Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey, Washington D.C. and Oregon. She attended college at Wellesley in Massachusetts. After graduating, Holly went to New York City and took a job at Grey Advertising answering phones and writing at night and on weekends.
Holly has written eight successful family feature films, three for the Walt Disney Company, including the baseball classic Angels in the Outfield, and the soccer movie, The Big Green, which she also directed (filmed in Austin, Texas). She also wrote the Universal Pictures comedy Made in America starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith, and the late Steve Irwin’s feature film for MGM: Collision Course: The Crocodile Hunter Movie.



About the CBF

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 2014-2015 school year.  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. That afternoon, both authors will sign books at Square Books, Jr.

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. 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