Youth literature is at the heart of our lives.

The Youth Literature Festival brings award-winning authors of youth literature to area schools in a three-day event culminating in a Community Day Celebration with author panels, activities for kids, and performances to share with the whole family, and it is all provided without cost to participants or to school districts.

See the 2016 list of activities below as well as our list of generous sponsors. Contact us if you'd like to help with a donation or volunteering. Let’s come together to make this a success! The Youth Literature Festival is co-sponsored by the College of Education and the University Library.

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The 2016 festival is October 20-22, 2016


Our authors are some of the leading writers of youth literature, coming to our festival to share their experiences and knowledge. Many of them are award winners. Look at this link to see some of our authors and their information.



Our sponsors make all of this possible. You can see who they are and donate at this link to help support this great learning opportunity for our children. You make a difference with any donation you offer. We can't do this without you!



The Community Day Celebration is open to the public and free. Our authors present talks, give demonstrations, participate in panel discussions, and sign autographs, while other rooms feature music, puppetry, dance, crafts, and activities for youngsters.



Keep up with the Youth Literature Festival's latest news, videos, and pictures highlighting events, authors, sponsors, and more.


Make a donation

Your donation will help make the Festival possible.

Volunteer to help 

If you want to volunteer to help with the Youth Literature Festival, please complete the information below and we will get in touch with you.

Please indicate which day or days you are able to volunteer.


Contact us

Linda Tammen
Youth Literature Festival Program Coordinator

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