Featuring Black children's literature scholars and 10 award-winning Black authors and illustrators from around the state and nation. Together, their work encompasses more than 150 titles that celebrate the Black experience through heritage and culture, offering affirming stories that can build high self-esteem and literacy in young people and appeal to adults.
The Symposium will feature keynotes and panels on the importance of Black children's literature. The book festival includes meet and greet with authors and illustrators, and books available for purchase and signing.
Professor Alan Bailey (opening keynote, Chair Elect for the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, ECU professor and author of Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers)
Wade & Cheryl Hudson (closing keynotes, founders of Just Us Books - http://justusbooks.com, editors of anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices)
Tameka Fryer Brown (Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood)
Gordon C. James (Crown, Campy, Scraps of Time series)
Kelly Starling Lyons (Jada Jones series, One More Dino on the Floor, Hope's Gift)
Johnny Ray Moore (Silence, Please, The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr., Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Eleanora E. Tate (Celeste's Harlem Renaissance, Just An Overnight Guest, Secret of Gumbo Grove)
Carole Boston Weatherford (How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace, Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer)
Jeffery Weatherford (You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen)