We are reaching more and more students!




16 authors

21 authors

23 authors

55 school visits

70 school visits

90 school visits

10,000 students

14,000 students

19,245 students

We are reaching more and more students!

2012: 16 authors, 55 schools, 10,000 students

2014: 21 authors, 70 schools, 14,000 students

Proposed 2016: 25 authors, 100 schools, 20,000 students

School Visits - Building Excitement About Reading

During the first two days of the Festival, organizers sent authors on 90 school visits in and around Champaign-Urbana. School visits provide opportunities for children of all ages to interact with authors and ask questions about their books and about the writing process. Preparation for author visits begins months in advance, with teachers creating curriculums incorporating the books written by the author scheduled to visit their school. Activities at the schools include assemblies, book discussions, readings, and writing workshops.

School visits are the heart of the Youth Literature Festival. These visits reach thousands of children in area schools and form a unique aspect of the Festival that is particularly important to our community. More than half of the school children in Illinois now qualify as low-income students, and some of the schools our authors visit have as high as 99 percent low-income student populations. It is not possible for many of these families to travel to Festival events on campus. By bringing the authors to the schools, we give entire student populations the opportunity to meet famous authors and share in their love of literature, which is inspiring for all. We plan to extend the success of these author visits to reach a greater number of area schools and impact many more young lives in the future.