Children’s Literature Festival Returns April 16

The Children’s Literature Festival returns to Truman on April 16. Included in the Festival are 12 authors and illustrators, and approximately 1,400 students from grades four to six.

The Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Children will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators.

Visiting authors and illustrators include: Alma Flor Ada, Mary Amato, Isabel Campoy, Jill Esbaum, Lucia Gonzalez, Carol Gorman, Jane Kurtz, Cynthia Lord, Ben Mikaelsen, Gloria Skurzynski, Brad Sneed and Michael Spradlin.

All children attending must be pre-registered. The sessions are open to faculty, staff, students and other interested adults.

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 Georgian Room B. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $10.50. At 7 p.m. authors Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy will give a presentation.

The Festival was an annual event for 21 years, but due to budget cuts it was discontinued in 2004.

A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to reinstate the event. Because of this fund, the Festival returned in 2009.

The Festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Barnes & Noble - Truman State University and the State Library LSTA Spotlight on Literacy from the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State.

For more information about the Festival, contact Sharon Hackney at 785.7366 or e-mail, or go online to

To register for sessions or the dinner, contact Daisy Rearick at 785.4048 or at

For information about the Children’s Literature Festival Fund, call the Office of Advancement at 785.4133 or visit

The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.
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