Newbery, Caldecott Winners on Tap at Plum Creek Festival

Literary Festival Now in 22nd Year

The 22nd annual Plum Creek Adult Literacy Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, on Concordia University’s campus in Seward. Teachers, administrators, media specialists and book lovers are invited.

Featured authors and illustrators scheduled are: Kwame Alexander, Lauren Castillo, Henry Cole, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Sharon Draper, Tad Hills, Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Patricia MacLachlan, Brandon Mull, Kadir Nelson, Christian Robinson, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip and Erin Stead and Melissa Sweet.

That list includes three Newbery honorees and six Caldecott awardees. All are best-selling authors.

MacLachlan will deliver the luncheon keynote on “Revising My Life in My Books.” Only 400 tickets are available.

Featured literacy expert Dr. Mary Howard will discuss Response to Intervention and professional senses of wonder. “Book Whisperer” Donalyn Miller is on the agenda, and Dr. Teri Lesesne will talk about using graphic novels in the classroom.

Other topics will include bibliotherapy; Nebraska folk songs and literature; school-wide reading communities; reading and agriculture; literacy and technology; and multisensory techniques for engaging learners.

Registration, book sales and author autographing begins at 7:30 a.m. The first session begins at 9 a.m. The final afternoon session opens at 3 p.m. Authors will autograph after the last session and book sales will remain open.

A special exhibit, Wizards of Pop: The Original Pop-up Book Art of Matthew Reinhardt and Robert Sabuda, will be open in the Marxhausen Gallery.

Registration is $99, which includes the author luncheon and five sessions. The luncheon also includes entertainment by Emily Arrow, giveaways and more.

For details, contact Dylan Teut at 402-643-7438. Registration forms are found at: