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CU to host Beulah Campbell Children's Literature Conference

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Christina L. Kern

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University's School of Education will host the first Beulah Campbell Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Campbellsville University campus.

The conference is the first of a planned annual conference bringing together children's authors, teachers, librarians and other educators to share children's literature and ways of using literature in the classroom.

The conference features keynote speaker Charles Ghigna and luncheon speaker Edie Hemingway.

Ghigna is an award-winning poet, author and speaker known as "Father Goose." He is the author of more than 3,000 poems and 50 books, including "Tickle Day." His awards include Parents' Choice Award and National Parenting Honor Award.

Hemingway is a former student of Campbell's, the winner of the 2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award, and the author of "Road to Tater Hill."

Other speakers include Leigh Ann Florence, a noted Kentucky author, and Tim Callahan, author of the Kentucky Summer Series set in Morgan County.

There will be a "meet the authors" session at the end of the day-long conference.

Campbell graduated from Campbellsville College in 1936 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from CU in 2005. She began her career at Appalachian State University in 1957 and gained national recognition for conducting children's literature conferences, festivals and workshops. She retired in 1981 and lives in Campbellsville.

During her career, she began collecting artists' original illustrations created for children's books. Her collection of illustrations is shared between Campbellsville University and Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Registration for the Beulah Campbell Children's Literature Conference is $50 until April 9 or $60 at the door. College students will pay $25.

Dr. Colleen Walker, assistant professor of education, is coordinating the conference.

To register, or for more information, contact Tammy Snyder in Campbellsville University's School of Education at 789-5366 or tlsnyder@campbellsville.edu.