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April 21, 2017

  For Children in Grades 4-6 in Northeast Missouri

Pre-Registration for all festival events required.

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Rob BuyeaRob Buyea
Rob  Buyea, a former elementary and high school teacher and wrestling coach, has used his experiences to write three books about a wonderful 5th-6th grade teacher, Mr. Terupt.  Rob encourages us all - "Pay attention to the world around you, stories are everywhere.  And if you have a story, you have something to write about."
Leslie ConnerLeslie Connor
Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. She was first interested in children's books through illustrations but her  heart and head were too "full of story." She lives with her family in Connecticut where she loves to feed the birds, garden, hike,  and ski with her three rescue dogs.


Michelle CuevasMichelle Cuevas

Michelle Cuevas  holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia and is the author of some "quirky" and "poetic" books such as The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles illustrated by Caldecott medalist Erin E. Stead, Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier, Beyond the Laughing Sky illustrated by Julie Morstad, and The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant illustrated by Ed Young.  

Chris Graberstein Chris Grabenstein
Chris Grabenstein, a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian, is an award-winning author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library  and co-author with James Patterson of the series, I Funny, House of Robots and Treasure Hunters. Chris has had the opportunity to work with Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, and Jim Henson of Muppet fame.
Katherine HanniganKatherine   Hannigan
Katherine Hannigan is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Ida B And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the World   and True (...Sort of).  She has undergraduate degrees in mathematics, education, and painting; her graduate degree is in studio art.
Fred KoehlerFred Koehler
 Fred Koehler, with a background in advertising, loves to focus on simple, meaningful interactions between characters in his illustrations. He once lived in West Africa and through his books, he gives us tips on "How to Cheer Up Dad"  and raise "Super Jumbo."  He lives, works, and plays in Lakeland, Florida with his two children.
Ingrid LawIngrid Law
Ingrid Law lives in Colorado and writes award-winning books.  Her first book, Savvy, is a Newbery Honor Book.  Ingrid Law has also had gallery shows of fiber art works. Ingrid has no internet or TV in her home in Colorado.  Because her parents couldn't agree on a middle name, Ingrid does not have one. 
Natalie LloydNatalie Lloyd
Natalie Lloyd , from Tennessee, has a love for the Narnia Chronicles.  Her first two books are written to encourage young readers that their words are magical, marvelous things.  She writes this - "I still believe library cards are more precious than passports.  And I believe once you are a queen in Narnia, you are always a queen in Narnia."
David ScwartzDavid Schwartz
David Schwartz,  a prolific author, has worked as an elementary school teacher, a journalist, a writing instructor, and a Residential College Dean at Yale University.  David loves to find "unusual whimsical ways for math and science to come alive for kids and teachers." His first book  How Much is a Million?  has become a classic.
Liesl ShurtliffLiesl Shurtliff
Liesl Shurtliff, from Chicago, grew up as the fifth of eight children in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her name (which rhymes with weasel)is also the name for the oldest Von Trapp daughter in "The Sound of Music."  Her love for the Grimm's fairy tales has encouraged her to write the back story to the fairy tales of Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood
Tricia SpringstubbTricia

Tricia Springstubb, from New York, now living in Ohio, was the oldest of five children, who has worked as a Head Start teacher, a counselor for troubled adolescents, and as a children's librarian. She has written more than a dozen books for children , among them the award-winning With a Name like Lulu, Who Needs More Trouble?
We are sorry to report that Victoria Jamieson will not be able to attend the festival.
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