Manuscripts & Bookplates
The Children’s Literature Festival manuscripts are housed in the Preston Room of Mason Library at Keene State College. You may see the database of materials by accessing the library and typing "Children’s Literature Festival" as subject (for collected papers) or author (for individual manuscripts and drafts).
You may request access at the Circulation Desk or by calling Rodney Obien at 603-358-2717 or e-mailing him at email@example.com.
Another tradition, for those who know the special feeling of owning a book signed by its author or illustrator, is the Festival’s collection of bookplates. While actual book signings were a part of early Festivals, they were eliminated as the event grew, because longer and longer lines were keeping the speakers from presenting. Festival-goers now receive a special, autographed Festival bookplate, designed by Trina Schart Hyman, on each book they purchase.
Illustrator Arnold Lobel sketched a special Festival logo, featuring his famous Frog and Toad characters. When the Festival started making non-autographed donations of materials pertaining to the study of children’s literature to Keene State’s Mason Library, illustrator James Marshall designed a bookplate for those works. Award-winning illustrator Charles Mikolaycak’s drawing of an owl, Keene State College’s mascot, was used on various Festival Award promotions.