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Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium: 2018 Symposium Information


Registration Fee:  $30, Includes breakfast, lunch, and a tote with titles authored/illustrated by the featured artists.

Please make checks or money orders payable to Campbell University Incorporated.

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 19th.

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel your registration, in writing, by October 5th in order to receive a full refund. Please contact Ms. Darden ( if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What to Expect at Check-in (Note: New Location for Symposium)

The symposium will be held in D. Rich Auditorium. Check-in begins at 8AM.  You will receive your badge that will state your name and school/library information.  You will also receive 2-4 children's books depending on availability by the two presenters. Both Barnes and Holmes will be available to sign your books at appointed times in the schedule (see the schedule on this guide below). You will also receive a tote bag to carry your books in.  

Lunch Menu

You will be treated to a catered lunch buffet by Aramark.


  • Coleslaw
  • Fried Chicken
  • Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Collard Greens
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Hush Puppies
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Iced Tea, Iced Water


The Sandhills Children’s Literature Symposium will benefit the following users: 

  • Pre-K through grade 12 students and
  • Public library storytime participants

as a result of pre-service teachers’, K-12 teachers’/teacher librarians’, Education professors’, university librarians’, and public library children’s librarians’ participation in this biennial event for the sandhills region [Harnett County, Cumberland County, Johnston County, Lee County, and Wake County].

Research shows that a child should learn to read in his mother tongue with the help of meaningful reading material to which he or she can relate and children’s literature provides this type of learning opportunity for children. That is why teaching literacy with children's literature should be a natural choice for teachers, and why children's literature should continue to be on the school curriculum and  featured during storytime sessions in public libraries. Providing students with access to award-winning literature and equipping teachers and librarians with effective strategies on how to teach literacy when using these texts will improve the literacy skills, cognitive and social growth of children in the sandhills region. 

Thank You



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About the Presenters


Derrick Barnes

Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award. It was also a HUGE winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newberry Honor, and the Caldecott Honor. His first two books were published by Scholastic; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues.  His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse which was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. Read more about author, Derrick Barnes by visiting his webpage:

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Ekua Holmes

Holmes has been honored with artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Boston Arts Academy and the Rocky Neck Art Association of Gloucester, MA; and she has received awards, both for her artworks, and in recognition of her community outreach and curatorial efforts championing the Black Art traditions of Boston. She is the recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award, a Brother Thomas Fellowship, and a 5-year appointment to the Boston Art Commission.  This year, Holmes was commissioned to create a Google Doodle commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday which debuted internationally on January 19th.  In the fall of 2015, the book,  Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement was released featuring illustrations by Holmes. In 2016 the book garnered a Caldecott Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, the Flora Stieglitz Strauss Award from Bank Street College and is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In addition for her Voice of Freedom illustrations, Holmes won the Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver medal and the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe award for New Talent.
Read more about illustrator, Ekua Holmes by visiting her webpage:

Symposium Schedule

Report Form for 1 CEU

You have the opportunity to receive a total of 1.5 CEUs for your participation in the symposium. 

  • .5 CEU will be received for your participation in the symposium day sessions. 
  • To receive the additional 1 CEU, all participants must complete this report that describes how you used at least one, but up to two of the titles you received at the symposium and applied the literacy strategy(ies) you learned during that session into a lesson or storytime activity for library patrons (attach more sheets if necessary).

Directions to Campbell

The symposium will be held in D. Rich Hall, in Turner Auditorium.


From the South
Take exit 73 off of I-95, head west through Dunn, follow U.S. 421 west to Campbell University. Entrance is on Highway 421 approximately 15 minutes from Dunn (signs are posted).

From the North
Take exit 79 off of I-95, head west through Benson, follow NC Route 27 west to Campbell University (signs are posted).

From the West
Choice of U.S. 421 or NC Route 27 through Lillington. Both routes take you to Campbell University (signs are posted).

By Air
Flights are offered daily into Raleigh/Durham International and Fayetteville airports.

By Bus
Greyhound offers daily service to Dunn.

By Train
Amtrak provides service to Raleigh and Fayetteville



Suggested Lodging

Hampton Inn

100 Jesse Tart Circle

Dunn, NC 28334

(910) 892-4333

18 miles from Campbell University


Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

300E Cornelius Harnett Blvd.

Lillington, NC 27546

5 miles from Campbell University

Curriculum Materials/Media Librarian

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