Announcing the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival on October 2nd! Print
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Written by Tom Miller   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:27
The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival is set for October 2nd at the Davenport
River Center and promises a day full of literary adventures. This year’s festival features Cheryl
Harness, author of historical fiction, Rick Eugene magician extraordinaire, and 7 other
enthusiastic authors. All third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from schools or home schools in
the Mississippi Valley area are invited to experience the magic of the written word from 8:45
a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on October 2nd at a cost of $5 each. There must be one adult supervisor for very
10 students. Scholarships are available for schools or students who are unable to pay. The
deadline for registrations is September 18th, but space is limited so register soon!

The featured presenter, Cheryl Harness, is an author and illustrator from central Missouri whose
impressive repertoire of over 40 ghost stories and historical books have titillated young
audiences for years. Funny and talented, she will demonstrate her process of researching,
writing, and illustrating the ideas the pop into her head. All students will get to experience
Harness’ enthusiastic presentation as well as magician Rick Eugene’s tricks and illusions.

Other presenters include Ryan Collins and Belinda Holbrook, both back by popular demand for
their interactive presentations that encourage students to engage with literature as both readers
and writers. A new group of presenters include non-fiction experts, poets, illustrators, and
science aficionados and features a winner of numerous national children’s literature awards, Jill
Esbaum. Other writers include Leone Castell Anderson, Eileen Boggess, Deb Bowen, and
Michael Graf. With such a wide array of professional interests, there will certainly be something
for everyone.

In addition to the presentations, children will have the opportunity to shop for their favorite
presenters’ books as well as others. All children will receive a free book along with other
giveaways.

Contact Joan Walton by phone at 563-391-2738 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for
information and registration materials for your school. More information along with a
registration form and Festival brochure are also available at www.midwestwritingcenter.org
under the “Events and Opportunities” tab.

The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival would not be possible without its
partners, the Davenport Public Library, Bi-State Literacy Council, and the Midwest Writing
Center; or it grantors, The Riverboat Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority,
and The Moline Foundation.