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Oct. 9, 2007

UI will host Festival of Books for Young People Oct. 20

Librarians, teachers and others with a strong interest in children's literature are invited to attend the 39th Annual Festival of Books for Young People from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The event, on the theme "Nature's Narrative," is sponsored by the UI School of Library and Information Science.

The Festival of Books provides librarians, school media specialists and teachers the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators of children's and young adult's books. A large book display at the event will include items ranging from picture books for preschoolers to young adult fiction and nonfiction. 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 discount.

This year's featured speakers include:

-- Carolyn Lesser, an explorer and photographer as well as an author, who has written eight books for children and young adults, including "Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea" (1999) and "The Goodnight Circle" (1984). She currently teaches a graduate nonfiction writing course at Webster University in St. Louis.

-- Barbara Bash, who has written and illustrated a number of children's books for Sierra Club and Greenwillow Books. Some of her works have been featured on Reading Rainbow and are listed with Booklist Editor's Choice and the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Her most recently published book is "True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude."

-- Claudia McGehee, a local author and illustrator, who has published two books with the University of Iowa Press, "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet" (2004) and "A Woodland Counting Book" (2006). These books feature distinctive woodcut-like prints done in scratchboard, her favorite medium.

The registration fee of $54 includes the sessions and exhibits, book lists, refreshments and a continuing education certificate for four contact hours. 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 e-mail at

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kit Austin, School of Library and Information Science, 319-335-5707,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,