Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Children's Literature Festival

The 2011 David R. Collins Children’s LiteratureFestival is set for October 25th at the Davenport River Center and promises to be as exciting as ever.  This year’s festival features a Newbery Award winning author, an interactive Titanic presentation, a miniature horse and fourteen other authors and illustrators. All area traditionally and home schooled third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders are invited to attend this event on from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on October 25th at a cost of $5 each. Scholarships are available for schools or students who are unable to pay and one adult supervisor for every five students is required.


Headlining this year’s festival is Clare Vanderpool, 2011 Newbery Award Winner for her novel, Moon Over Manifest set in the fictional small town of Manifest, Kansas during the depression. In addition to Ms. Vanderpool, all attendees will experience an interactive session with Rick Sundin about the Titanic. Belinda Holbrook will again wow attendees of her session with fun string games. Young author, ten year-old Anna Shammas, will be available to speak with attendees about the seven books she’s published since she was five years old.


Pavane Gorrepati and Ramya Prabhu are seniors at Rivermont Collegiate; they will share their experience in publishing their book, A Buzzy Bee Tale. Ryan Collins will share his love of poetry; David Houk will introduce kids to the worlds of illustrating; Chris Turnipseed will entertain kids with her storytelling and Ann Hailey, author of the Fishscale Girl series, will get kids writing.


Finally, we have several team presentations on the schedule including Author Lisa Riebe and Illustrator Miriam Ofstein of the Pond Punkie books; Authors Ann Boaden and Dr. Karïn Youngberg with Illustrator William Hannan; and Cary Fonteyne and Suzy Sanchez with the star of their book, Cooper Moves In, Cooper the horse.


In addition to the exciting presentation sessions, kids will have time to enjoy sack lunches they bring from school or home and shop for books written by the presenters and other authors. All students will receive a free book along with other giveaways.


The 2011 David R. Collins Children’s LiteratureFestival would not be possible without its partners, the Davenport Public Library, Bi-State Literacy Council, and Midwest Writing Center; grantors, Riverboat Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, and The Moline Foundation; donor, The ALCOA Community Chest and numerous organizers and volunteers.


Space is limited so it is important to register early. Contact Connie Huber by phone at 563-340-1585 or by e-mail conniehuber@live.com for information and registration materials for your school. More information along with a registration brochure and form are also available at the Children's Literature Festival webpage. Just click here!

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