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 Chris Raschka, Mark Teague and More! Registration opens in January 2020.

Mar 21, 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, Jacqueline Davies, Christopher Denise & Anika Aldamuy Denise, Laurie Keller, Amy Sarig King, Steve Light, Tim Miller, Sergio Ruzzier, David Ezra Stein, Javaka Steptoe, Melissa Stewart, Evan Turk and Lisa Yee.

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 Literacture. Additional literacy experts joining us for the Adult Conference include Kathy Collins, Cyndi Giorgis, Nancy Johnson, Regie Routman, and more to be announced!

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!


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

Anika Aldamuy Denise


John David Anderson


Marc Brown

Author, Illustrator

Bryan Collier

Author, Illustrator

Jacqueline Davies


Christopher Denise


David Ezra Stein

Author, Illustrator

Laurie Keller

Author, Illustrator

A.S. King


Steve Light

Author, Illustrator

Tim Miller

Author, Illustrator

Sergio Ruzzier

Author, Illustrator

Javaka Steptoe

Author, Illustrator

Melissa Stewart


Evan Turk

Author, Illustrator

Gene Luen Yang

Author, Illustrator

Lisa Yee


2020 Literacy Experts

Kathy Collins

Literacy Expert

Dr. Lauren Gatti

Literacy Expert

Dr. Cyndi Giorgis

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