Jean Fritz, whose books make U.S. history come alive for children, will lecture July 12 at Brigham Young University's third conference on Non-Fiction Books for Children.

Fritz in 1983 received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented every three years to an author whose books have made "a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.""Homesick: My Own Story," a biographical account of Fritz's childhood in China and of her longing to see her homeland of America, received the 1983 American Book Award for Children's Fiction.

Fritz's 11 a.m. appearance in the de Jong Concert Hall is among the scheduled highlights of the four-day conference.

Authors, publishers and others will speak on a theme of "Celebrating the Americas" during the conference, portions of which will be broadcast on KBYU-TV and KBYU-FM. Information is available at 378-2568.