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Oct. 12, 2006

UI To Host Festival Of Books For Young People Oct. 21

Librarians, teachers and others with a strong interest in children's literature are invited to attend the 38th Annual Festival of Books for Young People at the University of Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 21.  The theme of this year's Festival is "Angels, Rebels & Critters: Tall Tales & True."

The event is sponsored by the UI School of Library and Information Science and runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The Festival provides librarians, school media specialists and teachers the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators of children's and young adult's books and to view a large book display ranging from picture books for preschoolers to young adult fiction and non-fiction.  Two afternoon sessions are devoted to presentation of new titles in preschool, middle school and young adult literature. In conjunction with the Festival, the Iowa Memorial Union will set up a book sale area, offering books at an attractive discount.

This year's featured speakers are Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, and Alexandria LaFaye. Fleming an award-winning author of several books for children, including "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!," which was recently named one of Ten New Classics by Bank Street College of Education. Hopkinson is the author of several children's books with historical themes, including "Shutting Out The Sky" about life in New York City tenements. The book was a Booklist Editors' Choice, a Booklinks Lasting Connection, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor book. LaFaye has published seven novels for middle-grade readers, six of them historical novels. Her most recently published book, "Worth," is set in Nebraska during the era of the orphan trains. It was awarded the Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction, a Nebraska Book Award, a California Book Award, and was listed on numerous "Best Book" lists.

The registration fee of $52 includes the sessions and exhibits, book lists, continuing education certificate for four contact hours and refreshments. Lunch is available for an additional $13. Early registration is encouraged due to space limitations.

For more information visit the conference Web site at, or contact Kit Austin in the School of Library and Information Science at 319-335-5707 or by email at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Program: Kit Austin, School of Library and Information Science, 319-335-5707 or Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,