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Children's Literature Festival: Warrensburg, MO - March 15 - 17, 2015

33 authors and illustrators of children's books attended the 47th Children's Literature Festival at the University of Central Missouri.

Carole Adler and David Harrison


Sneed Collard, Carole Adler, William Anderson


Sandy Asher


Varsha Bajaj


Laurie Calkhoven



Mary Casanova


J.B. Cheaney



Henry Cole and Marie Smith



Judith Fradin


Mary Downing Hahn



Cheryl Harness


Patricia Hermes


Vivian Vande Velde and Deborah Hopkinson



Sandra Jordan, Jan Greenberg


Ard Hoyt


Anthony John



Brian Katcher



Jane Kurtz and Brad Sneed



Claudia Mills



Claire Rudolf Murphy



Dorinda Nicholson



Lois Ruby



Ruth Sanderson



Obert Skye


Marie Smith


Roland Smith and Marie Smith


Michael Spradlin



Roderick Townley



June Rae Wood


The festival opened Sunday, March 15, with a luncheon.


Festival organizer Naomi Williamson greeting the attendees.


Dean of Library Services Mollie Dinwiddie


Joan Arth introducing the authors


Presentation by Deborah Hopkinson


This year, there was a silent auction, with autographed books, original artwork, Skype visits, manuscript critiques, and many other goodies.


Then authors greeted attendees and signed books. 


Here are some of the people who stopped by my table.


The authors had a chance to visit one another or to buy each others books.


A delicious cupcake (decorated with Smart Dog) brought by Janeen Kilgore of St. Pius X School in
Moberly, MO.



The festival wouldn't be able to exist without the help of many generous volunteers.


Volunteers made displays for each author.


Monday, March 16:  My day started with a free period, so I went to hear Lois Ruby present.


My Monday helpers


Monday 10 o'clock session



Monday 11 o'clock session




Monday 1 o'clock session


Monday 2 o'clock session


Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day!):  Again, my first session was free.  This time I went to hear Laurie Calkhoven.


My Tuesday helpers


Tuesday 10 o'clock session


Tuesday 11 o'clock session


Tuesday 1 o'clock session


Tuesday 2 o'clock session