Children’s Literature Festival Returns

Thanks to a generous donation, the Children’s Literature Festival returns to Truman April 17. During the Festival, 10 writers and illustrators will be showcased, providing an opportunity to connect area children with books and their authors.

An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 children from grades three through six, in approximately 20 area schools, are invited to participate in 30-minute sessions with the authors and illustrators on Truman’s campus.

The Festival was an annual event for 21 years until it was discontinued in 2004 due to severe budget cuts. The Children’s Literature Festival Fund was created in 2007 through the leadership and generosity of Travis W. Freeman with a gift he made to the University’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign. Financial support from the Truman Bookstore is also making the event possible. Pickler Memorial Library is serving as sponsor for the event.

This year’s Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 17 in the Student Union Building. All children attending must be pre-registered.University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome to attend, but they should also be pre-registered. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at or 785.4048.

Visiting authors and illustrators include Suzanne Beaky, Joan Carris, J.B. Cheaney, Shane Evans, Cheryl Harness, David Harrison, Amy MacDonald, David Patneaude, Barbara Robinson and Mike Thaler. The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore. An informal meeting and book signing will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

The Festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10.50. At 7 p.m. author Cheryl Harness will give a presentation.

Additional information about the Festival may be obtained by contacting Sharon Hackney at 785.7366 or, or by going online to

For more information about the Children’s Literature Festival Fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 785.4133 or go online to

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