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Some of the lectures are included in this text. From a small beginning of about one hundred participants from Mississippi and Louisiana, attendance in 1981 reached an all-time high of 1,000. Enthusiastic supporters of children's literature from all over the southeastern United States return year after year to celebrate the joys of children's books. Although the festival was originally organized for the promotion of the de Grummond collection, it has taken on a life of its own. Both the festival and the de Grummond collection continue to develop in concert for the advancement of children's literature.
I could see definite advantages in those days to navy-store prices over supermarket ones, and I had acquired a lovely suntan at the officer's club, located on one of Hawaii's finest beaches. " Page 20 I had his attention. " I've never forgotten those words, because they made me see if you don't try for the very best, you are trying for less, and you will almost certainly only achieve the mediocre. I know none of you will run off to find your vision in either Teilhard or my husband, and I realize the words that magically illumine the world for me are different from the ones that reach out to you.
After his visit, he became one of the strongest supporters of the Children's Book Festival and the de Grummond collection. At his death in 1984, he bequeathed to the collection all of his personal and professional papers. The university has since acquired the original artwork, typescripts, dummies, and preliminary sketches for thirty-six books by Keats. In 1985, the Keats Foundation established an Ezra Jack Keats Lectureship, with Barbara Cooney as the artist honoree and Brian Alderson as the Keats lecturer.