Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

The award-winning Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival, founded in 1996, seeks to encourage a love of reading, writing and books by bringing nationally renowned authors and illustrators to Nebraska who host interactive workshops and keynotes for school children and adults.

Upcoming Plum Creek Events


Plum Creek Christmas Sale

Join us for our Plum Creek Christmas Sale, with deep discounts on previous festival books and unsold items from the Plum Creek online art auction.

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4th Annual Breakfast and Books

This annual event features workshops and keynotes from nationally recognized children's books authors, illustrators and literacy experts. This year's event will include Stephen T. Johnson, Mark Teague and more fun! Registration for the July 23 Breakfast and Books Program is now open through July 15.

Jul 23, 2020 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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25th Annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival
Sept. 24-26, 2020

Registration Opens in Spring 2020. Watch this page and our social media channels for more.

Featured Authors and Illustrators include:
John David Anderson, Bryan Collier, Laurie Keller, Amy Sarig King, Gordon Korman, Steve Light, Torrey Maldonado, Daniel Miyares, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Grant Snider, Javaka Steptoe, Evan Turk and Jennifer Ward.

This year's Adult Conference (Sept. 26) will feature a keynote by Marc Brown and Gene Luen Yang, a former Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Additional literacy experts joining us for the Adult Conference include Kathy Collins, Nancy Johnson, Sidney Keys III, and a special virtual keynote from Regie Routman! 

Mark Your Calendars Now!

Children's Day

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Bring your K-8 classroom to Concordia's Campus to learn from the world-renowned authors and illustrators and experience interactive exhibits!

There will be no Children's Day on Concordia's campus, but if you would like an author to come to your school, use the form below to apply. 

Application For Author Visit

NOTE: If your school is within our local region and regularly receive author visits, there is no need to fill out the application. We will follow up with more information this summer.

Adult Conference

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

A specialized conference designed for educators and literary enthusiasts. Lunch is available and qualifies for graduate credit and CEUs.

Register online

Downloadable Forms

Special Bundle Opportunity

Bring 4 professionals from the same building and register for the full conference and luncheon at a special rate of $100 per attendee ($100 total savings when you take advantage of this offer!)

2020 Authors & Illustrators

See the full list

John David Anderson


Marc Brown

Author, Illustrator

Bryan Collier

Author, Illustrator

Laurie Keller

Author, Illustrator

A.S. King


Gordon Korman


Steve Light

Author, Illustrator

Torrey Maldonado


Daniel Miyares

Author, Illustrator

Sherri Duskey Rinker


Grant Snider

Author, Illustrator

Javaka Steptoe

Author, Illustrator

Evan Turk

Author, Illustrator

Jennifer Ward

Author, Illustrator

Gene Luen Yang

Author, Illustrator

2020 Literacy Experts

Kathy Collins

Literacy Expert

Dr. Lauren Gatti

Literacy Expert

Dr. Nancy Johnson

Literacy Expert

Sidney Keys III

Literacy Expert

Regie Routman

Literacy Expert


Encouraging a Love of Reading, Writing and Books

Founded in 1996, the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival seeks to encourage a love of reading, writing and books by bringing nationally renowned authors and illustrators to Nebraska. The festival started as a one day, one author event, with about 200 adults and children attending. Since then, it has grown to three days of presentations, with 10 authors and illustrators in 2014. Since 2013, more than 10,000 children and adults attend the festival each year. It currently includes sessions for elementary, middle-level and secondary students as well as adults.

Explore the festival's history

For questions about Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival, please contact

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Dylan Teut

Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival Director, Interim Literacy Faculty