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51st Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

The Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is an annual event sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science at The University of Southern Mississippi. Join us for this year's CBF on April 11-13, 2018.

Highlighting the festival will be the 2018 Southern Miss Medallion winner, Dav Pilkey. For more information, see the Children's Book Festival web site, or contact Karen Rowell, Director of the Festival, at 601.266.4510 for a brochure.


de Grummond Book Group to discuss The Lie Tree

Each month, the de Grummond Book Group meets to discuss influential works of children's and young adult literature. Join us for our next discussion on Thursday, October 19, 2017, when we will talk about _The Lie Tree_ by Frances Hardinge.

The de Grummond Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library (between the Library Administration office and the School of Library and Information Science). Adults interested in reading and discussing children’s literature are welcome.

For more information about the de Grummond Book Group, contact curator Ellen Ruffin at 601.266.6543. To receive email about the meeting schedule and book selections, subscribe to the book group’s listserv:


Exhibit: Gems From the de Grummond Collection

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently exhibiting works by contemporary artists/illustrators Melissa Sweet and Wendell Minor. The exhibit, Gems from de Grummond: The Works of Wendell Minor and Melissa Sweet, will be available through March 2018 in the de Grummond Exhibit Room in Cook Library. Visitors to the exhibit will see Minor’s illustrations for Robert Burleigh’s _Trapped!: A Whale’s Rescue_ and Ouida Sebestyen’s _Words By Heart_, and Sweet’s art from Jacqueline Davies’ book, _The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon_. Both Minor and Sweet are recent donors to the de Grummond Collection. In addition to these selections, the original collage illustrations for _Peter’s Chair_ by Ezra Jack Keats, which is celebrating its 50th year of publication, are on display. The de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the works of Ezra Jack Keats and is the home of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, presented annually at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Also included in the exhibit is a sampling of the de Grummond’s collection of Little Golden Books. Created in 1942, Little Golden Books met a need for economical and easy to find books for children. _The Poky Little Puppy_, the most popular Little Golden Book, was one of the first 12 titles to be published for 25 cents in 1942. On display are the original 12 titles, published with a blue spine, along with some of the most popular and unique Little Golden Books published in the past 75 years. Included are early works by Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, and Garth Williams.

For more information, contact curator Ellen Ruffin at (601) 266-4349.