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

Alabama
University of Alabama National Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature

Arizona
University of Arizona Tucson Festival of Books

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

Connecticut
University of Connecticut Connecticut Children’s Book Fair

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

Illinois
Northern Illinois University Children’s Literature Conference

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

Kentucky
University of Kentucky McConnell Conference

Massachusetts
Simmons College Children’s Literature Summer Institute

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

Minnesota
University of St. Thomas Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference

Missouri
University of Central Missouri Children’s Literature Festival

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

Nebraska
Concordia University Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival

New Hampshire
Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival

New Jersey
Montclair State University New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference
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

Ohio
Bowling Green State University Literacy in the Park
Kent State University Virginia Hamilton Conference
The University of Findlay Mazza Museum Summer Conference and Weekend Conference

Pennsylvania
Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference

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

Utah
Brigham Young University Symposium on Books for Young Readers
Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading

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

Washington
Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference

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7 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. Danyelle says:

    Utah Valley University’s Forum on Engaged Reading focuses on children’s literature and fostering a love of reading. (http://www.uvuengagedreading.org/)

  2. Chris Barton says:

    Thank you, Danyelle — I’ve added it to the list above.

    Thanks also to Laura Nicosia for suggesting the NJCTE conference at Montclair State.

    I really appreciate these contributions — who else out there has one to add to the list?

  3. Maria Simon says:

    http://www.mazzamuseum.org/portfolios/summer-conference/
    Mazza Museum
    University of Findlay
    Ohio

  4. Maria Simon says:

    http://www.bgsu.edu/events/literacy-in-the-park.html
    Literacy in the Park
    Bowling Green State University
    Ohio

  5. Maria Simon says:

    http://www.bgsu.edu/events/literacy-in-the-park.htm
    Literacy in the Park
    Bowling Green State University
    Ohio

  6. Debby says:

    Check out the fall and summer conferences held at the Mazza Museum ai the University of Findlay in Findlay Ohio.

  7. Chris Barton says:

    Thanks, Maria and Debby — I’ve now added those. There’s LOTS going on in Ohio!

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