Plum Creek Literacy Festival


“Bringing out the best in youth” is Optimist International’s purpose and mission. Our Seward Optimist Club proudly supports that mission by choosing to sponsor an author/illustrator at the Plum Creek Literacy Festival based here in Seward, NE.  At the April 2021 Plum Creek Literacy Festival, 14 authors from across the US spent two days meeting with over 5,500 students and their teachers at various schools in Nebraska. An additional full day is provided for an adult conference with keynote speakers. These accomplished authors and illustrators meet with students and their teachers to share their stories, their creative processes and personal experiences. Getting to know the authors and illustrators as regular people strengthens the students’ connection with the books and encourages a love for reading, writing and the creative process.

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.


2021

Gordon Korman, the author we chose to sponsor, has written and published more than ninety books for children and young adults, most recently War Stories and Notorious. He captivated youngsters as well as their teachers during his recent Nebraska school visits bringing his trademark humor and adventure styles into his presentations.
Gordon is a full-time writer and speaker with over 32 million copies of his novels in print in thirty-five languages. He lives with his family in Long Island, New York.

 

 

 

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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