Library Hosts Children’s Literature Festival

Nearly 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will participate in the Children’s Literature Festival taking place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 15 in the Student Union Building.

Visiting authors and illustrators include Francisco Alarcon, Darleen Bailey Beard, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Janet Lee Carey, Dianne Gray, Ard Hoyt, Lynne Jonell, A. LaFaye, Laurie Lawlor, Anna Myers and N.A. Nelson.

Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered, and University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults should also pre-register for the sessions.

To register, contact Daisy Rearick at or call 785.4048.

An informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room 3000. Refreshments will be served and anyone is welcome to attend.

The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room 3200. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $10.50. To register, contact Rearick using the aforementioned contact information. At 7 p.m., author Anna Myers will give a presentation to end the dinner.

The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Barnes & Noble—Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. The Festival is also supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

For more information about the Children’s Literature Festival Fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 785.4133 or visit the Office of Advancement website at Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 785.7366 or and from the Children’s Literature Festival webpage at

Attending authors’ books are available at Truman’s bookstore in the Student Union Building.

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