By Jeannine Lackey Laughlin, Sherry Laughlin

ISBN-10: 0872879216

ISBN-13: 9780872879218

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If this sounds too lofty, I'll put it into an everyday experience. Twenty-five years ago my husband had been called back into the navy to pursue our country's interests in Hawaii during the Korean War. We were children, so to speak, with children, and he had the youthful rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, along with thousands of other young men. The Chinese appeared to be giving thought to entering the war. Without the lessons of Vietnam behind us, our country was ready and confident to face a long conflict.

Enthusiastic supporters of children's literature from all over the southeastern United States return year after year to celebrate the joys of children's books. Although the festival was originally organized for the promotion of the de Grummond collection, it has taken on a life of its own. Both the festival and the de Grummond collection continue to develop in concert for the advancement of children's literature. JEANNINE LAUGHLIN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF LIBRARY SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI Page 3 History of the USM Medallion The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion is awarded annually to an author or illustrator for distinguished service to children's literature.

Among them are Barbara Cooney, Peter Spier, Taro Yashima, Virginia Hamilton, Madeleine L'Engle, Herbert Zim, Katherine Paterson, Richard Peck, Donald Crews, Steven Kellogg, and James Marshall. The presentations were usually recorded, and the speeches and interviews in this book have been transcribed from those recordings. They are only a sample of the outstanding presentations by many artists. Building on a renewed interest in storytelling, a storytelling postconference was held after each festival from 1984 until 1986.

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