Save March 8 & 9, 2019
For the 23rd Annual

Each year, the festival brings together educators librarians, parents, students, authors, illustrators, editors and those interested in chldren’s literature for a unique combination of full conference and small group the nation. This year our faculty is once again chosen from the “best of the best.” As one attendee said, “I thought you would never top this year’s conference—then I saw your 2019 line-up. I’m ready to sign up now!”

Award winning 2019 Festival faculty includes Joe Cepeda, Sharon Draper, Bethany Hegedus, Joyce Sidman, Doreen Rappaport and Richard Michelson and more, much more.

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.

REGISTER NOW FOR FESTIVAL 2019. Check out the special rates for traditionally published authors, SCBWI members,students and three people registering together.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS As summer library programs are winding down and teachers are returning to school, now is the perfect time to plan a breakout session for 2019. We are looking for descriptions of classroom activities, library programs, family literacy programs, multicultural literature, current trends, best new books, writing for children, and bringing your students to meet one of our featured speakers and sharing the learning that has occurred through the speaker’s work. Download the Call for Proposals and submit yours by October 5.

Join us in 2019. Learn and refuel in a collegial atmosphere surrounded by people who love children’s books.

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For Additional Information
Contact festival secretary Anna Gonzalez at (909) 748-8011 or email the festival coordinator Marjorie Arnett.


"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