Plum Creek Literacy Festival


Because “bringing out the best in youth” is Optimist International’s purpose and mission, our Seward club proudly sponsors an author/illustrator annually at the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival on the Concordia University campus.  This event has most recently attracted over 15,000 school-aged youngsters, teachers, family members and educators.  The 2020 Festival will be postponed to April of 2021 for a celebration of its 25th Anniversary … followed in September 021 with the scheduled 26th Festival.  

Authors and illustrators of books for children and young readers share their stories, creative processes and personal experiences. Getting to know the authors and illustrators as regular people strengthens the students’ connection with the books, helps children recognize that they too can achieve the same accomplishments someday, and encourages a love for reading, writing and all the discovery and creativity associated with developing the books that the children enjoy so much.


2019

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of at least 25 fiction and nonfiction books including her book Flight School which has been adapted into an off-Broadway musical.

Bright Beginnings Child Development Center staff were guests of the Optimist Club at the Plum Creek Festival Adult Conference.

 

 

 

 

2018

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling books: The Island of Dr. Libriss, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. 

Bright Beginnings Child Development Center staff were guests of the Optimist Club at the Plum Creek Festival Adult Conference.

 

 

 

 

2017

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, NYT bestselling author of 21 books including The Crossover, 2015 Newbery Medal winning novel.                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

Brandon Mull is an American author best known for his children’s fantasy series, Fablehaven.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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