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Children's Literature Festival: Warrensburg, MO - March 20-22, 2016

 

The 48th Children's Literature Festival was held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri:  more than 30 authors and/or illustrators, 4,000 kids (!), and probably just as many lovely volunteers made it possible.

 

The festival starts on Sunday with a luncheon.

 

Each year, there are incredible centerpieces for the tables, reflecting each of the authors.

 

Authors gather...

 

And so do volunteers.

 

The luncheon is attended by adults and children. Here are the people at my table...

 

After a tasty lunch, we heard from Dr. Gail Staines, Dean of Library Services.

 

Dr. Deborah Curtis, Provost

 

Maya Kucij, Festival Director

 

Presentation by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

 

The centerpieces were given away...

 

And the authors were introduced by Joan Arth.

 

C.S.Adler

 

William Anderson

 

Susan Bartoletti

 

Mary Casanova

 

Claire Caterer

 

J.B. Cheaney

 

Henry Cole

 

Sneed Collard

 

Chris Crutcher

 

Mike Graf

 

Kelly Milner Halls and Vivian Vande Velde

 

Cheryl Harness

 

Ard Hoyt

 

Antony John

 

Festival Director Maya Kucij with Roderick Townley and Stephen Johnson

 

Brian Katcher and Kate McMullan

 

Kate Milford

 

Claudia Mills

 

Dorinda Nicholson, with her husband Larry

 

Obert Skye

 

Marie Smith

 

Roland Smith

 

Brad Sneed

 

Michael Spradlin

 

June Rae Wood

 

Leslie Wyatt

 

After the luncheon, authors were available to autograph books and chat with guests.

It looks as though we're about to be beamed up into a UFO, but that's only because this picture was taken by the very tall Roderick Townley--standing on a chair...

 

The library is decorated with artwork by some of the illustrators...

 

...and about the participants' books.

 

Monday

 

9 am session was my free period, so I went to hear Marie Smith.

 

10 am session - with my wonderful volunteer helpers.

 

11 am session

 

1 pm session

 

2 pm session

 

Tuesday -- stopping by Registration

 

9 am -- sitting in on Mary Casanova's presentation

 

My lovely Tuesday volunteer helpers.

 

10 am session

 

11 am session

 

12 noon session - peeking in at presentation by Cheryl Harness

 

1 pm session

 

2 pm session