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.


Save the Date: The Youth Literature Festival, March 28-30, 2019.

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!

Each year our authors visit schools throughout Central Illinois. In 2016 they spoke to over 19,000 students in 97 schools in 7 counties across the area.

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

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Contact us

Vivian Dixon, Ph.D.
Youth Literature Festival Program Coordinator

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