Register Now For the 22nd Annual

March 2 & 3, 2018

The best of the best is coming to Redlands!

Paddington and illustrator R. W. Alley invite you to Redlands to celebrate Paddington’s 60th birthday and the best of children’s literature. Away from the snow and the cold you will meet award winning children’s book creators working in a variety of genres-- fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, novels. Each speaker is different. Each has something interesting to say. Each tells his/her own story making the work more accessible and enjoyable. You will meet and hear award winning general session faculty R. W. Alley, Kathi Appelt, Georgia Heard, Sy Montgomery, Marc Tyler Nobleman, James E. Ransome, Lesa Cline-RansomeYou will have a choice of 28 breakout sessions including a round table with R. W. Alley, James Ransome, Lisa Cline-Ransome and Marilyn Carpenter; poetry reading with Kathi Appelt, Kristine O’Connell George and Georgia Heard; authors Kimberly Gordon Biddle, JaNay Brown-Wood, Erin Dealey, Henry Herz, Eric Pierpoint, Gayle Pitman and Rozanne Williams and more, much more. Click here for a full roster of small group sessions.

ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS take place on the University of Redlands campus. Registration check-in, meals and general sessions take place in Orton Conference Center which is centrally located on campus. Free parking is available near the building. Teachers, librarians, parents--everyone who loves children's literature will find the Festival a source of both practical ideas and energizing inspiration. Celebrate children’s literature and (of course) Paddington’s birthday. Learn and refuel in a collegial atmosphere surrounded by people who love children’s books Click here for a Festival schedule

Why do people come—and keep coming back? In the words of past participants, it is: “A small, intimate conference where you can spend time with the authors and illustrators.” “A unique opportunity to spend time with others who share a passion about children’s books.” “Practical ideas for my classroom” and "library."

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Once again the Ayres Hotel Redlands is partnering with the University to offer special rates for guests registered for the Festival. Call the hotel at 909-335- 9024 to get the Festival rate.

Ayres Hotel in Redlands (regular price $149!)
$89 for exterior facing rooms
$99 for interior facing rooms
Rate is guaranteed until February 1st
Call the hotel at 909-335-9024 and start
planning your weekend getaway now!

REGISTER NOW FOR FESTIVAL 2018. Check out the special rates for traditionally published authors, SCBWI members, students and three people registering together.

For Additional Information
Contact festival secretary Colleen Quesada at (909) 748-8791 or email the festival coordinator Marjorie Arnett.

Join us in 2018. Learn and refuel in a collegial atmosphere surrounded by people who love children’s books.


"I believe that if you present the right books to children, they will read and enjoy them. So, bringing children and books together really means getting them excited about reading."

Charlotte S. Huck