The 2018 David R. Collins
Children’s Literature Festival

CLF 2016 featured author Bruce Hale signing books

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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 2018 Children’s Literature Festival: 
CLF Brochure 2018

To Register:

Fill out the registration form linked above of this
brochure and mail it by September 25th to:

ATTN: Children’s Literature Festival
Connie Huber
2903 Woodland Ct.
Davenport, Iowa 52803


E-mail Connie Huber at  to reserve your place.  If you have any questions about registration, email or call (563)340-1585 (cell)

The 2018 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, 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 2, 2018.

IMG_1637You may bring an unlimited number of students, but you must have one adult supervisor for every ten students. Registration is $5 for each student and accompanying chaperones in 2018.

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.

2018 Children’s Literature Festival Presenters

Featured Speaker: SARAH PRINEAS

Sarah Prineas is the author of the award-winning Magic Thief series which has been published in 20 languages around the world. Her other books from Harper Collins include the Winterling trilogy and Ash & Bramble and Rose & Thorn.  She delights youth and young adult readers with The Scroll of Kings, a tale of a snarky kid librarian, encounters with dangerous books and sword fighting.  Sarah has a PhD in English literature and lives in the Iowa countryside.

Featured Speaker: LARRY DAY

Larry Day is the award-winning illustrator of over 25 fiction and non-fiction titles.  Recent publications include Voices from the Underground Railroad (Kay Winters), and soon to be published, Beware! (Bob Raschka), and Bim Bam Bop and Oona (Jacqueline Briggs Martin). Mr. Day is the recipient of numerous state awards, a Golden Kite Award and three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators.  Illustrating is his passion but during office hours Mr. Day is a senior storyboard artist in the advertising industry.

Other Presenters:

Miriam Busch is an accomplished author of the picture books Lion, Lion and Raisin, The Littlest Cow and the National Geographic Early reader, Storms. Nationally recognized, Ms. Busch is the winner of the DE Camillo’s Herman W. Block award and the IRT prize!

Ryan Collins is Executive Director of MWC, a St. Ambrose University professor and author of A New American Field Guide and Songbook. His sessions engage students in writing poetry.

Carolyn Crimi, an author with over 30 state and regional awards and recipient of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award and the Prairie State Award, has published many popular books for children. Her titles include Boris and Bella and her new book, There Might Be Lobsters.

Connie Heckert first appeared at the Children’s Literature Festival with her book, Miss Rochelle and the Lost Bell. Since then she has published 14 books for children, teens and adults including her 2018 release, Ride, Patriot Guard, Ride!

Belinda Holbrook is known to students at Harrison Elementary as their recently retired media specialist. Hundreds of students at the Literature Festival know her as the string lady who makes cradles and shapes with her hands as she weaves long tales.

Jason Platt, author, illustrator, and cartoonist, delights web readers all over the world with his webcomic, Mister and Me. His stories are so popular they have been adapted for the stage.

Linda Skeers loves writing but it is her research that makes her stories so interesting. Digging through old newspapers and archives led her to write, Women Who Dared, 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers and Rebels.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2018 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.