Book Week

Since the 1940s Book Week has celebrated the best of children’s literature with teachers, librarians, and others who devote themselves to literacy for young readers. Over the past 74 years Book Week has hosted some of the most notable writers of books for young readers, including Marguerite Henry, Madeleine L’Engle, and Beverly Cleary. Each year, faculty and graduate students from the children’s literature program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction review the best in books for young readers. The author's books are also made available for sale and autographing.

2016 Book Week Features Candace Fleming

Candace FlemingCandace Fleming, photo: Michael Lionstar

The guest speaker of this year’s Book Week is going to be Candace Fleming. Fleming is a versatile and acclaimed author of more than thirty books for children, including picture books, middle grade novels and biographies, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart and most recently, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia which garnered six starred reviews. Fleming is the recipient Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C.’s Nonfiction Award given for her "substantial body of consistently high quality nonfiction books for children of different ages," as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and is a two-time recipient of both the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction.

Join us on Tuesday, October 18 at the McNamara Alumni Center, to hear a celebrated author talk about "Weaving Stories, Crafting Lives".


Book Week is sponsored by the Ruth Mitchell endowment, the Children's Literature Area of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD, the Red Balloon Bookshop, and the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries.


Questions may be directed to Emily Midkiff

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