This three-day festival will be held March 6-8 in Iowa City. This is a new date for the festival, which has traditionally been held in January. The programming, however, remains the same, with a mix of events that celebrate writing for and by children.
The festival keynote is Minnesota David LaRochelle, author of the popular children's books Moo and The Best Pet of All. LaRochelle will speak at the March 6 kickoff dinner, and will start off the day of programming with a 10 a.m. presentation on Saturday, March 7. Both events are at the Sheraton Iowa City.
One Book Two Book will also feature additional authors, and the full line-up will be announced soon. Other activities will include special events to recognize local student authors, a children’s book fair, live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Kids will also get to meet other special guests—children’s book characters Frog & Toad, Martha from Martha Speaks, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Babymouse, and Geronimo Stilton.
The writing portion of the festival calls for students in grades 1-8 from throughout the Corridor to submit one-sheet of original writing - stories, essays, poems, and graphic novel pages all are welcome. This work will be evaluated by our partners at Pearson, and two grade-level winners will be selected. These students will be honored, along with several honorable mentions, at a special event from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.