The 2017 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival

CLF 2016 featured author Bruce Hale signing books

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The RiverCenter
Davenport, IA

Presented by:
Midwest Writing Center
Bi-State Literacy Council
Davenport Public Library



Click this link to download the 2017 Children’s Literature Festival: 
CLF Brochure 2017

The 2017 Children’s Literature Festival is generously sponsored by Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, and supported through grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the John Jay Quail Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the Junior Board of Rock Island. 

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About The David R. Collins
Children’s Literature Festival

The David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival is named after its eponymous founder, a beloved author and teacher who passed away in 2001. David founded the Festival in 1978 and guided its subsequent growth. Now it continues in his memory, dedicated to his goal of encouraging future generations of readers and writers.

IMG_0483Each elementary school in the Mississippi Valley community is invited to share in the excitement at the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival at the Davenport River Center. Home-schooled children also are encouraged to participate.

All students in grades 3-6 are invited to share in the excitement at the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival at the Davenport River Center on October 3, 2017.

IMG_1637You may bring an unlimited number of students, but you must have one adult supervisor for every ten students. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, registration is free for each student and accompanying chaperones in 2017.

Children, with their supervisors, will be provided an assigned schedule they need to follow. Each group will see both nationally and regionally acclaimed authors.

IMG_0556There will also be an opportunity to purchase the speakers’ books and illustrations during lunch, as well as between presentations.  Books range from $3-$25. Proceeds from these sales will be used for future Festivals.

Students should bring snacks, a sack lunch, and any money they wish to spend at the book sale.

2017 Children’s Literature Festival Presenters

Featured Speaker:

Mr. Coville is an author of over 100  books for children and young adults, delighting readers with his irreverent wit and imagination. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring.

Students attending his sessions will learn about the author’s journey from discovering his love for writing as a high school student through this decision and dedication to be a full-time, best-selling author of books for children and young adults.

Featured Speaker: KELLY MILNER HALLS

Kelly Milner Halls is an internationally acclaimed author of children’s nonfiction, and has written over 30 books. Ms. Milner Halls’ writing appeals to youngsters because she instinctively selects topics of interest such as mummies, animals, science and history. She delights audiences with her humor and unique perspective on research.

She describes herself as “the weird kid who asked too many questions.” Her curiosity for the unusual leads her to write many interesting books including Tales of the Cryptids, Albino Animals, and Alien Investigation.

Other Presenters:

JILL ESBAUM – Jill Esbaum has written a number of both fiction and nonfiction books for children. Her books for National Geographic include EXPLORE MY WORLD SNOW LEOPARDS; EXPLORE MY WORLD PENGUINS; ANGRY BIRDS PLAYGROUND: Rain Forest, Dinosaurs, and Animals; and five seasonal titles, including APPLES FOR EVERYONE which was named a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best title in 2009. Today, she lives on a farm in Iowa, not too far from Iowa City, where she and her family raise corn, soybeans, and hundreds of pigs.

GARY METIVIER – A long-time news anchor at KWQC with over 20 years of experience. Metivier has reported on a variety of topics ranging from politics to economics to crime. In fact, it was his coverage of the departures and homecomings of soldiers that inspired him to write books about how families were affected by this conflict, including Saluting Grandpa, Until Daddy Comes Home, and Cody and Grandpa’s Christmas Tradition.

B.J. SCHWARTZ – tells tales of his beloved malamutes, Li’l Maxx and Bear, in his Plumery Tails series. His several books document the growing years of his seven dogs and their animal and human friends. Mr. Schwartz weaves knowledge of nature, animals, and relationships into his stories.

MARY MEINKING CHAMBERS – written articles in children’s magazines as well as written over 30 non-fiction children’s books. They include arts and crafts, animals, pop stars, travel and history. One of her latest books is on origami.

CONNIE HECKERT – Published author, teacher, and mentor.  One of her most popular children’s works is Miss Rochelle and the Lost Bells.

RYAN COLLINS – Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center and an English Instructor at St. Ambrose University, he is the author of A New American Field Guide & Song Book.

BELINDA HOLBROOK – Author of String Stories: A Creative, Hands-On Approach for Engaging Children in Literature. This book teaches children how to tell stories using strings.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2017 Children’s Literature Festival has closed – we have reached maximum capacity.

If you are unable to attend, not to worry – thanks to the Scott County Regional Authority and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, MWC will be producing a video of Bruce Colville’s presentation that we will loan out to schools/home school groups/other organizations at no cost. If you are interested in screening this video for your students, please contact Ryan Collins for more information: | 309-732-7330

Please contact us with questions.

CLF 2013_Ryan Collins leading students in a improvisational poetry exercise
Poet Ryan Collins at CLF 2013
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Bookfair at CLF 2013

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Students in a workshop at CLF 2013