A comprehensive list of U.S. college- and university-sponsored or -hosted children’s and young adult literature conferences, festivals, and symposia

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(All of them that I could find, anyway.)

In 2011, I was looking for such a list, wondered why I couldn’t find one, and decided to just go ahead and make one myself. Since then, I’ve periodically updated and reposted it, and I plan to continue doing so. If I’ve missed any, or included some that no longer exist, won’t you please let me know?

Children’s Literature Association
Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature Then and Now at University of South Carolina

University of Alabama National Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature

University of Arizona Tucson Festival of Books

Antioch University Los Angeles Children’s Literature Conference
University of Redlands Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival

University of Connecticut Connecticut Children’s Book Fair

Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults
The University of Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature

Northern Illinois University Children’s Literature Conference

Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference

University of Kentucky McConnell Conference

Simmons College Children’s Literature Summer Institute

Frostburg State University Spring Festival of Children’s Literature
Salisbury University Read Green Festival

University of St. Thomas Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference

University of Central Missouri Children’s Literature Festival

The University of Southern Mississippi Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

Concordia University Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival

New Hampshire
Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival

New Jersey
Rutgers University One-on-One Plus Conference

New York
Stony Brook University – Southampton Southampton Children’s Literature Conference

North Carolina
Appalachian State University Children’s Literature Symposium

Kent State University Virginia Hamilton Conference

Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference

Sam Houston State University Jan Paris Bookfest: Children’s & YA Conference
Texas A&M University – Commerce Bill Martin Jr Memorial Symposium

Brigham Young University Symposium on Books for Young Readers

The College of William and Mary Joy of Children’s Literature Conference
Longwood University Summer Literacy Institute
Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference

Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference

(Thanks to Loreen Leedy for suggesting the Salisbury University festival, to Kim Norman for suggesting the Longwood University institute, to Sara Lewis Holmes for suggesting the William and Mary conference, to Loretta Ellsworth for suggesting the Hubbs conference at St. Thomas, and to Edi Campbell for suggesting the University of Kentucky and Kent State conferences!)

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10 Responses to “A comprehensive list of U.S. college- and university-sponsored or -hosted children’s and young adult literature conferences, festivals, and symposia”

  1. Now that’s a kind public service!

  2. Loreen Leedy says:

    Thanks for the list! Here’s one at Salisbury University in Maryland, next week in fact: http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~elbond/childlitfestival.html

    Also UCF Festival in April at the University of Central Florida, which is not only for children’s books:

  3. bartography says:

    You’re welcome, you two — and thanks, Loreen!

  4. There’s also the Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  6. What a wonderfully researched list. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a wonderful resource for authors! Thanks, Chris. I read about it in the SCBWI bulletin. Now that’s a great resource as well! Your Shark vs Train book was brilliant! Wishing you continued success.

  8. Edi says:

    There’s also the McConnell Conference in KY and the Virginia Hamilton Conference at Kent State University in OH.

  9. bartography says:

    Right you are, Edi — thanks! Seems like a good time to repost this list with fresh links. Stay tuned…

  10. If you plan to update, please add the Write2Ignite! Writers’ Conference held in March of each year at North Greenville University in Travelers Rest, S.C.

    It is a conference for those who enjoy writing or illustrating for young children, MG, and YA.

    All the workshops are taught by publishers, editors, professional writing instructors, and published authors. For more info. check http://www.write2ignite.com
    Thank you!

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