Truman Hosts Children’s Literature Festival

Almost 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will visit Truman for the Children’s Literature Festival from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 20 in the Student Union Building.

Visiting authors and illustrators include Tracy Barrett, Eric Berlin, Henry Cole, Lulu Delacre, Mary Downing Hahn, Cheryl Harness, Kate Klise, Kirby Larson, Rosanne Parry, Kurtis Scaletta and Suzanne Morgan Williams.

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.

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 Room 3000. Refreshments will be served.

The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. and a presentation by author Kirby Larson at 7 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 $10.75.
To register for any event, contact Daisy Rearick at or call 785.4048.

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

The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years, but discontinued in 2004 due to budget cuts. 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 at 785.4133 or visit

The Children’s Literature 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. The festival is also supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.