The 21 st annual Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival attracted over 11,000 school-aged youngsters, teachers, family members and educators to the Concordia University campus during the weekend of September 22-24, 2016.
Authors and illustrators of children’s books 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.
Because “bringing out the best in youth” is our mission, the Seward Optimist Club proudly sponsored two of the authors/illustrators this fall: Trent Reedy and Bob Shea. Jeanne Gee and Linda Flyr were able to personally meet and thank the speakers for their participation.
Trent Reedy is author of Words in the Dust, an extraordinary novel inspired by a young girl whom the author had met in Afghanistan while serving in the military. Reedy has written two additional young adult novels: Stealing Air and Divided We Fall.
Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. He is one of those author/illustrators that you can’t really read out loud to your youngster(s) in the library.