Children's Literature Festival Set for April 19

More than 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will participate in Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival, which will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union Building.

Visiting authors and illustrators include Marlene Brill, Matthew Cody, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Stuart Gibbs, Deborah Hopkinson, Matthew Kirby, Barbara McClintock, Sheila O’Connor, Linda Urban and Judy Young. The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators.  All children attending must be pre-registered.

University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions.  To register, contact Daisy Rearick at or call 660.785.4048.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

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 of the dinner is $11. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author Stuart Gibbs will give a presentation.

The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to bring the festival back, and it returned in 2009. For more information about the fund contact the Office of Advancement, 660.785.4133 or visit

The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett High Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 or, as well as the Children’s Literature Festival webpage.