The winner of the inaugural Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature was honored with a medal ceremony during the 2016 Francelia Butler Conference on July 23.
The Francelia Butler Conference, a one-day, student-run conference dedicated to celebrating children’s literature, is presenting a new prize this year in honor of Amanda Cockrell, founding director of Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature.
Ferdinand the Bull, Eyeore, Pooh and Piglet, Mister Toad from Wind in the Willows, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Runaway Bunny and his Mama have all found a home at Hollins this summer.
The first-ever Margaret Wise Brown Prize, which showcases the most distinguished picture book manuscript as selected by a panel of judges, has been presented to Phil Bildner, author of “Marvelous Cornelius.” Authors Jane Yolen and and Heidi E.Y. Stemple received the Margaret Wise Brown Prize Honor Book for their work, “You Nest Here With Me.”
Hollins Theatre Institute has launched a new tradition so every generation can enjoy the delight of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon” on stage.
Elizabeth Dulemba, who teaches picture book design in both the certificate in children’s book illustration and the M.F.A. in children’s book writing and illustrating programs, has received a Green Earth Book Award Honor for “A Bird on Water Street.”
Hollins is paying tribute to one of its best-known alumnae and one of America’s most beloved children’s authors by creating a literary award in her name.
Ashleigh Gill was honored at the recent Manchester Children’s Book Festival in northwest England and received half of the £2,000 first prize award.
Hollins graduate students partnered with Peace Corps Ethiopia to produce creative short stories that have been published in various regions of the African nation. The stories supplement English language instruction in grades four through eight.
The Master of Fine Arts program begins next summer and will complement the university’s existing Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in the study and writing of children’s and young adult literature.