Children's Literature Festival logo - Celebrating 10 years 

April 20, 2018

  For Children in Grades 4-6 in Northeast Missouri

Pre-Registration for all festival events required.

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Dianna Hutts AstonDianna Hutts Aston

Dianna Hutts Aston is  the author of many award-winning books for children and is the founder of the Oz project, a nonprofit foundation for disadvantaged children. She likes to speak to school children about the wonder of nature and  the need to dream without limits and courage.  Her greatest adventure has been sky-diving with her husband, a tandem master, German Dave.
Jennifer Chamblis  BertmanJennifer Chambliss Bertman

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman grew up in a family of readers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied writing and dance at the University of California, Irvine, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.   Her debut novel, Book Scavenger  was one of five titles chosen for Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Middle Grade Books for 2015.


Elise BroachElise Broach
Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert CrossingMissing on Superstition Mountain,  as well as several picture books.  Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.
Henry Cole Henry Cole

Henry Cole is a self-taught artist who grew up on a farm in Purcellville, Virginia. He’s always been interested in art and science, and he went to Virginia Tech to study forestry. Henry’s detailed drawings were helped and inspired by the close observation of nature that his educational field called for. He and his books always keep the kids very entertained, laughing, and endlessly rewarded. 
Dan GemeinhartDan Gemeinhart

Dan Gemeinhart lives in a small town in the middle of Washington state with his wife and three young daughters. He was lucky and grateful to be a teacher-librarian in an elementary school for fourteen years, but has also lived in Cairo, Egypt where he and his wife got to ride camels and climb the pyramids. His debut middle school novel The Honest Truth is about a big adventure of a boy and his dog.
Varian JohnsonVarian   Johnson
Varian was born (along with his twin brother)  in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade series. Varian now lives outside of Austin, TX with his family.
Lita JudgeLita Judge

Lita is the author and illustrator for over twenty fiction and nonfiction picture books which have received numerous awards. Lita enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Before Lita knew she wanted to be an author, she thought she wanted to be a paleontologist because she loved dinosaurs! She met her future husband, Dave, and together they rode bicycles across the country - 3300 miles in 30 days!
Dana Allison LevyDana Alison Levy

House cleaner in Paris; waitress in Santorini, Greece; assistant literary agent in New York; art gallery manager; MBA fast-tracker; executive recruiter are all jobs that Dana Alison Levy has had in order to gain experience.  Today  she and her family live in a New England seaside town, where her children swim and play ice hockey in the backyard rink and catch turtles . Her stories are for children and young adults, as well as for people who, no matter what their age, are still looking for their next experience. 
Jenny LundquistJenny Lundquist

Jenny is the  author of multiple middle grade and YA titles, including Seeing Cinderella and The Charming Life of Izzy Malone as well as the soon-to-be-released The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby .  She lives in Northern California with her husband Ryan, her two sons and Rambo, the world’s whiniest cat. She loves coffee and hates housework.  She has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English in a university in Russia, and hopes to kiss her husband in a cafe in Paris.
Beth McMullenBeth McMullen

Beth McMullen graduated from Boston University with a degree in English Literature. After working with Reader's Digest, she eventually realized she’d rather write books than condense them. She holds an MLS from Long Island University and  lives in Northern California with her husband, two kids, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he's dinner.
Roland SmithRoland Smith

A New York Times bestselling author Roland Smith is a former zoo curator and research biologist. Having started his writing career early with a manual typewriter, he has published more than twenty novels for young adults and many non-fiction books for children. He and his wife, Marie, who is also an author, live on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.
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