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University of Iowa News Release

July 27, 2005

UI To Host Festival Of Books For Young People

Librarians, teachers and others who are interested in children's literature are invited to the University of Iowa Saturday, Sept. 10 for the 37th Annual Festival of Books for Young People. This year's theme is "Walking in Their Shoes: Understanding Others Through Story." The one-day event is sponsored by the UI School of Library & Information Science and will be at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The festival provides librarians, school media specialists and teachers the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators of children's books, along with being able to view a large book display and participate in book discussion sessions.

This year's featured speakers are Virginia Euwer Wolff, Susan Bartoletti and Kathleen Horning. Wolff is the author of many young adult fiction novels, including "Probably Still Nick Swansen," her first, which won the International Reading Association Award a PEN-West Book Award in 1988. Bartoletti's books include "Silver At Night," "Growing Up in Coal Country" and "A Coal Miner's Bride." Horning is director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of "From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books" and has served on numerous award and evaluation committees, including ALA/ALSC Notables, Newbery, Batchelder, Coretta Scott King and the Stonewall Book Awards.

The registration fee of $50 includes the sessions and exhibits, book lists, continuing education certificate for four contact hours and refreshments. Lunch is available for an additional $12. Early registration is encouraged due to space limitations. For more information visit the conference Web site at, or contact Becky Thoms in the School of Library and Information Science at 319-335-5707 or by email at

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