Children's book festival opens at USM

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The 44th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, that attracts authors and illustrators of literature for young people, opened it's doors Wednesday at Southern Miss.

This year, the festival is taking place at the university's Thad Cochran Center. It draws a crowd of nearly four hundred librarians, scholars and artists that all share a love of kids books.

Some of the features of the festival include workshops and author presentations. Ellen Ruffin is the curator of Southern Miss's de Grummond Children's Literature collection and she helps organize the yearly book festival

"And certainly the School of Library and Information Science has invested a great deal of time and creative energy and money to bring the best. It's world class," Ruffin explained.

Southern Miss is well known for children's literature because it houses a specialized collection of artifacts from the beloved authors of popular book series like "Curious George."

On Thursday, the festival will present the Southern Miss Medallion to a selected author. The medallion ceremony is an annual event and this year T. A. Barron, who has written numerous books for kids, is the recipient.

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