The Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival will be hosting its first ever Breakfast and Books event from 8 - 11 a.m. at Concordia University, Nebraska on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
The event is aimed towards teachers, librarians and book lovers and will consist of book sales, a breakfast buffet and a keynote address from children’s book author, Jane Yolen, and her daughter, Heidi Stemple. Book sales begin at 8 a.m. followed by the buffet at 8:30 a.m. Yolen and Stemple will begin their talk at 9:15 a.m. and will autograph books afterwards.
“The morning will be highly inspiring,” said Dylan Teut, Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival Director. “The event was designed based on interest of Plum Creek participants who said they’d like to have some kind of event in the spring to continue the excitement of the festival year round. This is the first time we have done this and we are thrilled about the opportunity of hosting more events that encourage a love for reading and writing.”
The keynote speaker, Jane Yolen, considered herself a poet, journalist and nonfiction writer, but ended up becoming a children’s book author. Her first published book was “Pirates in Petticoats,” which was published on her 22nd birthday. With over 300 published books, Yolen has won a variety of awards including the Caldecott, the Golden Kite, the Christopher Medal and the Nebula, to name a few. In addition, she owns six honorary doctorates from colleges and universities. “Awards just sit on the shelf gathering dust,” said Yolen. “The best awards are when young readers love my books.”
Jane will be joined by her daughter, Heidi Stemple, who also writes children’s books. At first, Heidi did not want to be a writer and obtained a job as a probation officer. When she was 28, she gave in and joined the family business. Since then, she has published numerous shorts stories and poems, as well as 20 books, one of which is called “Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories,” the famous writer being her mom.
The event is $25 for Concordia University, Nebraska undergraduate students and faculty and $35 for all other attendees.