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4/20/12

A Tribute to Beulah Campbell

I am posting tonight from Campbellsville, Kentucky, where I will be speaking tomorrow at the first annual Beulah Campbell Children's Literature Conference. Miss Beulah Campbell was my children's literature professor at Appalachian State University more years ago than I like to admit, and I am very honored to be invited as the featured luncheon speaker. Throughout her distinguished career, Miss Campbell (now 96 years old) collected original illustrations by American and European illustrators of children's books. The extensive collection is now shared between Campbellsville University and Appalachian State, and selected pieces will be on view tomorrow.

When I leave Campbellsville on Sunday, Doug and I will head through Cumberland Gap (retracing Daniel Boone's footsteps) to Tennessee and North Carolina, where I have school and library visits scheduled from Tuesday through Friday. The one I'm most excited about is at Hardin Park School in Boone, where they have read ROAD TO TATER HILL as their Family Reading Project. Forty families (over 100 people) participated this year in the project that kicked off five weeks ago. The dinner and discussion Tuesday night will be the culminating event! I'll have to post some picture next week.

7 comments:

Christy said...

I love the idea of a family reading program, Edie! Your book is perfect for all ages. Please report back to us about this. Enjoy!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a great time!

Lauren said...

What a meaningful trip this is for you Edie. A great honor for you to be a speaker at the Beulah Campbell Tribute-- I have a few professors in my past that I would love to speak to an audience about in tribute to what they gave me and many, many others. I hope it goes very well today.
And your book will touch so many people's lives next week. Cannot wait to read more about it.
Happy travels!

David LaRochelle said...

What wonderful honors, Edie! Beulah must be very proud of you, and how great that you can speak at her tribute. And how very, very cool to have your book chosen for a school's Family Reading program. I hope you enjoy all the experiences this trip has to offer you.

john said...

Way to go, Edie. This is going to be a memorable week. I'd love to see a picture of you and Ms. Campbell. 96 is some seriously good innings. Enjoy your trip and have a great Family Reading Night.

Mark said...

Sending good thoughts as you embark upon your school visits! Please post photos/details!

Ellie said...

Let us know how it went, Edie.