Children's Literature Festival
Becomes an Annual Tradition...Again
past April, nearly 1,400 students from 16 northeast Missouri schools attended
the Children’s Literature Festival, an event held on the Truman campus designed
to stimulate an interest in reading and literature among young students. This
annual festival provides an opportunity for children from the northeast Missouri
region in grades 4-6 to meet and interact with authors and illustrators from
around the country.
“We receive a lot of positive feedback about the festival from the teachers and
students attending as well as the authors presenting,” says Sharon Hackney,
media/curriculum librarian, who serves as a co-chair for the event. “The
festival has been around long enough now that some of the area parents attended
the festival as children and recall that it was a positive experience for them.”
A committee, which includes two school librarians from area schools, stays
current on the authors and genres of literature that young people are reading to
help determine which authors are invited to participate in the event. In
addition, Truman students, primarily from the children’s literature classes,
assist with the festival. Prior to the event, the Truman students visit area
schools to talk about books and authors that will be featured at the festival.
On the day of the festival, the students introduce the authors at each
presentation and assist throughout the day.
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