For Immediate Release
By Christina L. Kern, office assistant
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Campbellsville University’s School of Education
will host the first Beulah Campbell Children’s Literature Conference,
Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Campbellsville
|Dr. Colleen Walker, assistant professor of education, discusses the conference during a reception in the Beulah Campbell Collection Room of the School of Education. She is coordinating the conference. (Campbellsville University Photo by Park Woo)
The conference is the first of a planned annual conference bringing
together children’s authors, teachers, librarians and other educators to
share children’s literature and ways of using literature in the
The conference features keynote speaker Charles Ghigna and luncheon speaker Edie Hemingway.
Ghigna is an award-winning poet, author and speaker known as “Father
Goose.” He is the author of more than 3,000 poems and 50 books,
including “Tickle Day.” His awards include Parents’ Choice Award and
National Parenting Honor Award.
Hemingway is a former student of Campbell’s, the winner of the 2009
Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the author of “Road to Tater Hill.”
Other speakers include Leigh Ann Florence, a noted Kentucky author, and
Tim Callahan, author of the Kentucky Summer Series set in Morgan County.
There will be a “meet the authors” session at the end of the day-long conference.
Campbell graduated from Campbellsville College in 1936 and was awarded
an honorary doctorate from CU in 2005. She began her career at
Appalachian State University in 1957 and gained national recognition for
conducting children’s literature conferences, festivals and workshops.
She retired in 1981 and lives in Campbellsville, Ky.
During her career, she began collecting artists’ original illustrations
created for children’s books. Her collection of illustrations is shared
between Campbellsville University and Appalachian State University in
Registration for the Beulah Campbell Children’s Literature Conference is
$50 until April 9 or $60 at the door, or $25 for college students.
Dr. Colleen Walker, assistant professor of education, is coordinating the conference.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian
university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate
options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight
pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is