The David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival

The 2016 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival

CLF 2013_Bruce Hale with students before his presentation
Bruce Hale with students at CLF 2013 – we are thrilled Bruce will be returning for CLF 2016!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The RiverCenter
Davenport, IA

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

Click this link to download the 2016 Children’s Literature Festival: 
CLF Brochure 2016

Ascentra Foundation_logo DigitalThe 2016 Children’s Literature Festival is generously sponsored by Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, and supported through grants from the Regional Development Authority and Junior Board of Rock Island. 

Reg Develop Authority Logo 2016       junior board RI logo


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 18, 2016.

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.

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.

2016 Children’s Literature Festival Presenters

Featured Speaker: BRUCE HALE

Author and/or illustrator of over 35 books for kids, including Chet Gecko Mysteries, School For S.P.I.E.S., and Clark the Shark, among many others.

Other Presenters:

SARAH PRINEAS – Author of The Magic Thief Series and Winterling, among other books.

GARY METIVIER – Davenport author of Saluting Grandpa: Celebrating Veterans and Honor Flight, as well as journalist and KWQC-TV 6 anchor.

P.J. HARTENAUS – Author of the adventurous anti-bullying books, Belden Boy Series.

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.

MARY STEWART ADAMS – Storyteller Night Sky, and Program Director of Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

ANTHONY WEDGEWORTH – Author of fantasy adventures, including Altered Creatures: Fate of Thorik.

Registration Information

Fill out the registration in the brochure (see link above) and mail it by Oct. 8th to

ATTN: Children’s Literature Festival
c/o Suzanne Johnson
2717 Olympia Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Cell: (563)-449-4886

Please make checks out to: Midwest Writing Center


E-mail Suzanne Johnson at to reserve your place and to ask any questions about registration.

Children Literature Festival 2016 Brochure – CLF Brochure 2016

Please contact us with questions.

CLF 2013_Ryan Collins leading students in a improvisational poetry exercise
Poet Ryan Collins at CLF 2013
CLF 2013_students shopping for books
Bookfair at CLF 2013

CLF 2013_group attending a CLF workshop
Students in a workshop at CLF 2013

Fostering appreciation of the written word, supporting and educating its creators.

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