Or, more formally, “A Comprehensive List of U.S. College- and University-Sponsored or -Hosted Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conferences, Festivals, and Symposia.” (All of them that I could find, anyway).
Several years ago, 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 in the comments section?
University of Redlands Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival
Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Denver Colorado Teen Literature Conference
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
Chaminade University of Honolulu Conference on Literature and Hawai’i’s Children
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Youth Literature Festival
Anderson University Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Collection & Festival
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University East 2019 Children’s Literature Association Conference (ChLA 2019)
Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference
Kansas State University Conference of Children’s Literature in English, Education, and Library Science
Asbury University Children’s Literature Conference
Frostburg State University Spring Festival of Children’s Literature
Salisbury University Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival
Framingham State University Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival
Simmons College Children’s Literature Summer Institute
University of Minnesota Kerlan Award Ceremony and Chase Lecture
University of St. Thomas Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference
The University of Southern Mississippi Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Missouri State University Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks
Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival
University of Central Missouri Children’s Literature Festival
Concordia University Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Gayle A. Zeiter Young Adult and Children’s Literature Conference
University of Nevada, Reno Reading Week Reimagined (Thanks to Juana Martinez-Neal for bringing this one to my attention.)
Montclair State University New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference
Rutgers University One-on-One Plus Conference
Bank Street College of Education BookFest @ Bank Street
The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York The Color of Children’s Literature Conference
Nazareth College Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
The State University of New York at Potsdam Journey Into Literacy
Stony Brook University – Southampton Southampton Children’s Literature Conference
Bowling Green State University Literacy in the Park
Kent State University Virginia Hamilton Conference
The University of Findlay Mazza Museum Summer Conference
Youngstown State University English Festival
Community College of Philadelphia African American Children’s Book Fair
Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Children’s Literature Conference
Middle Tennessee State University Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Brigham Young University Symposium on Books for Young Readers
Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading
The College of William and Mary Joy of Literacy and Literature Conference
Hollins University Francelia Butler Conference
Longwood University Summer Literacy Institute and Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference (I’ll be at this one in June 2019 — if you’re there, please say hello!)
Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference
Thank you. This is a wonderful list.
You’re welcome, Sharon!
Thank you for this fantastic list! Let’s spread the word and encourage more states to start their own children’s book festivals.
Clearly we need at least one in Texas!