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.