February 28 & 29, 2020

Each year, the festival brings together educators librarians, parents, students, authors, illustrators, editors and those interested in children’s literature for a unique combination of full conference and small group sessions. 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 2020 Festival faculty include Susan Campbell Baroletti, Margarita Engle, Kimberly Willis Holt, David ShannonJavaka Steptoe, 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.

Join us in 2020. Learn and refuel in a collegial atmosphere surrounded by people who love children’s books.

Call for Proposals

Now is the perfect time to plan a breakout session for 2020. We are looking for descriptions of classroom activities, library programs, family literacy programs, multicultural literature, current trends, best new books, and writing for children. Bring your students to meet one of our featured speakers and share the learning that has occurred through the speaker’s work. Download the Call for Proposals form and submit yours by October 10, 2019.

Learn More

If you have any questions regarding the Festival, please call the Office of Alumni & Community Relations at (909) 748-8011 or email Anna Gonzalez at anna_gonzalez@redlands.edu.