One Book Two Book 2019: Now Accepting Student Submissions

While some of Iowa City’s littlest learners may still be adjusting to the new school year, we know that secretly they’re all excited to be back playing with friends at recess, trading tales and treats at lunch, and, even if they won’t admit it, learning! Celebrating young writers and fostering creativity in children are two of the main motivations behind One Book Two Book, a celebration of children’s literature in the City of Literature. But no children’s literature festival would be complete without actual children’s writing. That is why the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature is excited to begin accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Writing competition.

We are now encouraging students in grades 1-8 from the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area school districts, or home school students in equivalent grades, to submit one page of writing for One Book Two Book 2019. This page can take the form of any type of writing: story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. While many of the criteria have carried over from years past, this year we have opened up our language guidelines and are now accepting submissions in English, French, and Spanish! Full submission instructions can be found on our One Book Two Book website www.onebooktwobook.org/student-writing-guidelines.

We know getting a youngster to sit down and write after a long day at school may seem like an arduous task, but this is a great opportunity for kids to start seeing writing as a fun activity rather than homework. Not only will your budding author be given an opportunity to develop writing skills and put that wild imagination to good use, but recognized students will be honored at Write Out Loud, a special event on Sunday, February 24, 2019 during One Book Two Book. Two virtuosos will be selected from each grade level, one in each of the following categories:

The Write Stuff: This award will acknowledge students with technical abilities; praising excellence in language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.

From the Heart: The second honor seeks to acclaim young writers that excel in creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

Additionally, a percentage of all students whose submissions are deemed to be of outstanding quality will also be honored with a certificate of distinction and will be invited to attend the Write Out Loud event. All recognized student-writers will receive certificates and prizes at the event. Grade-level prize winners, selected by our team of judges from ACT, will be invited to read their winning submissions during the event, as well as have their work published in a booklet, which will be available at the festival.

So, do you have a tiny poet on your hands? Or maybe a class clown that needs a new outlet for their inventive stories? Perhaps a future essayist that has an opinion on everything from their mac n’ cheese to what they learned at Taproot this summer? Or even someone that’s quiet in school but can’t stop reading in his or her native language at home? Whether or not your child expresses an interest in writing, this is a great way to introduce them to creative writing and to the remarkable literary community in Iowa City.

One Book Two Book winners selected

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 80 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 23-25.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 23, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 22 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the dinner. These students, selected by ACT in Iowa City, are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 25, features the annual “Write Out Loud!” event, 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium in the University of Iowa’s Macbride Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. More than 800 students answered the call. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City, and the best of these were singled out for recognition.

In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories. They are:

  • The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
  • From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

 These winning students are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, the ACT team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention. These students also will be recognized as part of the Feb. 25 event, which is free and open to the public. The students are (grade/name/school):

1          Cora Beland            Coralville Central
1          Wren Brodersen     Coralville Central
1          Maryn Markle         Horn
2          Anaya Patil             Coralville Central
2          Zoe Addis                Lincoln
2          Genevieve Lally      Lincoln
3          Elie Wilson             Garner
3          Kushal Kanuparthi      Horn
3          Alaina Hoffman       Van Allen
3          Sophie Brown          Weber
4          Shanza Sami            Borlaug
4          Savannah Page        Garner
4          Sylvia Broffitt          Horn
4          Kaily Tosino             Lemme
4          Adelaide Newton    Lincoln
4          Daniel Kenyon        Lucas
4          Rachel Mundt         North Bend
4          Evaleena Jessica Kabarnacius   Van Allen
4          Mariah Bruening     Weber
4          Caroline Vander Weg   Wickham
5          Dania Hussein          Coralville Central
5          Butali Butali              Kirkwood
5          Eleanor Decker         Horace Mann
5          Jen Tran                     Lucas
5          Fin Lemke                  Twain
5          Owen Ruth                Twain
5          Reese Andersen        Van Allen
5          Ava Bruxvoort           Wickham
5          Vera Tanas                 Wickham
5          Charlotte Delowery  Willowwind
5          Luis Solano De Almeida  Willowwind
6         Hannah Holdaway     Coralville Central
6          Jayden Khamphilanouvong   Garner
6          Zoe Smith                  Horn
6          Eviann Smith           Lemme
6          Leela Strand             Lincoln
6          Fiona Arnold            Longfellow
6          Aiden Gillespie        Penn
6          Harley Peck              Twain
7          Marcus Brintle         North Central Jr High
7          Abby Stableton        North Central Jr High
8          Ferguson Ward       South East Jr High
8          Jessica Cline            Franklin Middle School
8          Isaiah Haveman      Homeschool
8          Sonja Bloeser          North Central
8          Samuel Torkelson  West Branch Middle School

Students encouraged to submit writing to One Book Two Book 2018

Students in grades 1-8 in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area school districts, or home school students in those equivalent grades, are encouraged to submit one page of writing for the 2018 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. This can be any type of writing: story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. The piece must be an original work, written this school year, and in polished form – ready for publication.  It should be on one side of an 8.5×11 page. It can be single-spaced, but must be at least 12-pt. and in Times or equivalent font.  The page should have margins of 1” on each side.

The student’s name should be in the top right corner of the piece. On the separate Student Submission Cover Form, the following information is required: Student name, grade, school, age as of Feb. 28, 2018, parent or guardian’s name and contact e-mail and phone number. This form is attached. In addition, it can be found as a Google Dog at http://bit.ly/OneBookTwoBook. This can be filled out and saved as part of a document along with the submission.

Student work, including the cover sheet, must be submitted to John Kenyon with the City of Literature by Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. They can be mailed to City of Literature, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240; or e-mailed as a Microsoft Word attachment or PDF to info@iowacityofliterature.org. The file name should include the student’s school, grade and name (e.g. Hoover-4-HannahSmith or Garner-6-JasonJones). If using Google Docs, please download the file as either a Microsoft Word or PDF document. If the submission is handwritten or drawn, either scan and email a PDF or mail the original. Originals will be held for one month after the festival; it is the guardian’s responsibility to follow up if it should be returned.

The student work will be judged by a team from ACT in Iowa City. Recognized students will be honored at a special “Write Out Loud” event during One Book Two Book on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Two grade level winners will be chosen, one in each of the following categories:

 “The Write Stuff”:    For language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.

“From the Heart”:    For creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These students will be invited to read their winning submissions. In addition, a percentage of all students whose submissions are deemed to be of outstanding quality also will be honored with a “certificate of distinction.” They also will be invited to attend the Feb. 25, 2018, event.

All recognized students will receive certificates and prizes at the event.

The grade-level prize winners will have their work published in a booklet available at the festival.

Questions? Contact John Kenyon with the City of Literature office at (319) 356-5245 or john-kenyon@iowacityofliterature.org.

Download submission form here

The Secret Coders Society – A review by Ferguson Ward

FergusonThe Secret Coders Society is a fun and mysterious graphic novel about a girl named Hopper who moves to a new town and starts going to a new school.  Lots of kids can relate to this.  At the school, she makes an unlikely friend and finds an unlikely mystery.  It teaches readers how binary code works, and what coding is, while creating an intriguing storyline that grabs the reader’s attention.

The book is a great way to get kids excited for coding.  It explains what it is, and it does so in a simple, easy to understand way.  The author cleverly uses birds with four eyes to explain binary, which I think is a good idea.

The text is easy to read, despite sharing a page with a bunch of pictures.  Speaking of pictures, the illustrations are amazing, and go along perfectly with the story.  The monochromatic images are not at all distracting when you are trying to read the words.

The characters are well developed, and easy to relate to.  Hopper is likeable, even though, at first, she seems kind of mean.  However, she only seems that way because she is nervous.

The school she transfers to is slightly creepy and very mysterious.  The green tint to the images makes everything seem even more strange.  It’s obvious the school has a secret, and it makes you want to find out what it could be.

All in all, the words, pictures and plot go together perfectly to create an enticing story that makes you want to check out book two.  And three.

Ferguson Ward, 7th grade, South East Jr. High

Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book

OneBookTwoBook- logoThe Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of nearly 100 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 24-26.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 24, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 22 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the dinner. These students, selected by ACT in Iowa City, are:

Student   School   Grade
Sylvia Broffitt Horn 3rd
Siena Brown Mann 3rd
Adelaide Capps Hoover 2nd
Brooke Chandler Borlaug 4th
Ruby Frank Penn 5th
David Gugliuzza Lucas 5th
Jhael Herrera Twain 4th
Kaden Huntley Willowind 4th
Kenton Huynh Central 4th
Rhys Long Van Allen 5th
Braeden Marker Alexander 5th
Julianna Mascardo Weber 6th
Abby McNeely Garner 6th
Violet Mowrey Longfellow 6th
Alan Nass Hills 3rd
Ahlonko Porto-Rico Wood 6th
Mary Cate Pugh Regina 6th
Praneel Rastogi Wickham 3rd
Eviann Smith Lemme 5th
Charlotte Windmill Kirkwood 6th
Chuan (Alex) Xu Lincoln 4th
Eleanor Ziehr Shimek 4th

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 26, features the annual “Write Out Loud!” event, 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium in the University of Iowa’s Macbride Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Nearly 800 students answered the call. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City, and the best of these were singled out for recognition.

In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories. They are:

• The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
• From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These winning students are:

“The Write Stuff” Winner (grade, student, school)
1 Willa Ohlmann, Lincoln
2 Rial Shriver, Willowwind
3 Tallulah Proulx, Willowwind
4 Kaden Huntley, Willowwind
5 Leela Strand, Lincoln
6 Sage Slessor, Prairie Creek
7 Sarah Bunyan, Northwest
8 Reece Yang, Northwest

“From the Heart” Winner (grade, student, school)
1 Kyros Yuefan Wu, Van Allen
2 Macy Mickalson, Hoover
3 Mae Knight, Mann
4 Rob McMurray, Hoover
5 Zaira Ahmad, Wickham
6 Kento Yahashiri, Longfellow
7 Lochlan Krupa, South East
8 Kora McClure, South East

In addition, the ACT team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention, roughly the top 10 percent of submissions. These 60 students will be recognized as part of the Feb. 26 event, which is free and open to the public. The students are (grade/name/school):

1 Sonya Zhu, Borlaug
1 James Haack, Lemme
1 Edmund Svoboda, Lincoln
1 Benjamin Sauder, Willowwind
1 Eero Foliente, Willowwind
2 Ellie Wilson, Garner
2 Adelaide Capps, Hoover
2 Ben Haines, Lincoln
2 Carson Perry, Van Allen
2 Sam Perry, Van Allen
3 Natalie Ramsey, Garner
3 Alan Nass, Hills
3 Sylvia Broffitt, Horn
3 Siena Brown, Mann
3 Mira Cunning, Willowwind
3 Lillian Cheney, NorthBend
3 Lydia Evans, Weber
3 Praneel Rastogi, Wickham
3 Madeleine Seitz, Willowwind
3 Flora Laurian, Willowwind
4 Brooke Chandler Borlaug
4 Kim Hahyeon Borlaug
4 Dania Hussein, Coralville Central
4 Lily Lumb, Hoover
4 Kaj Larsen, Lemme
4 Chuan Xu, Lincoln
4 Hannah Michalec, Penn
4 Thomas Fowler, Penn
4 Jhael Herrera, Twain
4 Owen Ruth, Twain
5 Braeden Marker, Alexander
5 Ella Anneling, Coralville Central
5 Jayden Khamphilanouvong, Garner
5 Eviann Smith, Lemme
5 Tate Williams, Longfellow
5 Kael Kurtz, Lucas
5 Ruby Frank, Penn
5 Julissa Paz, Twain
5 Rhys Long, Van Allen
5 Dahlia Garcia, North Bend
6 Abby McNealy, Garner
6 Charlotte Windmill, Kirkwood
6 Anushka Saxena, Lincoln
6 Rigby Templeman, Lincoln
6 Ava Cross, Longfellow
6 Chayse Pearl, Longfellow
6 Violet Mowery, Longfellow
6 Alexis Mapel, Penn
6 Miya Swenson, Prairie Creek
6 Juliana Mascardo, Weber
7 Julia Stoll North, Central
7 Ferguson Ward, South East
7 Kiva Meeks-Mosley, South East
7 L’Engle Charis-Carlson, South East
7 Maria Volkman, South East
8 Fareeha Ahmad, North Central
8 Natalie Kaiser, North Central
8 Aidan Spurgetis, South East
8 Celeste Obara, South East
8 Rachel Meehan, South East

Student writing selections to be announced in February

Nearly 800 students from throughout the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor submitted writing to this year’s One Book Two Book festival. Those submissions are in the hands of our partners at ACT, where judges will evaluate each piece of writing.

Judges will select a number of students for recognition:

–One student from each Iowa City elementary (ICCSD, Regina and Willowwind) will be selected to read at the Friday, Feb. 24, “Once Upon a Time” banquet that kicks off the festival.

–Grade level winners will be selected from grades 1 through 8 in two categories — The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact; and From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness — and those students will be recognized at the Sunday, Feb. 26, “Write Out Loud” event.

–Students whose work is deemed to earn honorable mention also will be recognized at the Feb. 26 “Write Out Loud” event.

The City of Literature will contact the parents of selected students during the first week of February, and will post the names of those students on this site at that time.

 

 

Gene Luen Yang will keynote the 2017 festival

Gene Luen Yang will keynote the 2017 One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival.

Yang was recently selected as a MacArthur Fellow. What follows is his biography from that site:

Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens.

In American-Born Chinese (2006), Yang integrates tropes from American comics, Chinese folklore, and the Chinese immigrant experience. Three interlocking narratives contribute to a nuanced depiction of the struggles of adolescent Jin Wang as he comes to terms with his bicultural identity and attempts to assimilate in America. Yang employs elements of mythology and realism in his retelling of the legend of the Chinese folk hero the Monkey King, who offers a lesson on the need to accept oneself in order to thrive, and the character of Chin-Kee represents Jin Wang’s confrontation with the stereotypes of Chinese culture. In an ambitious two-volume work of historical fiction entitled Boxers and Saints (2011), Yang chronicles the peasant uprising against Western influences in China in 1900. The story of the Boxer Rebellion is told from two contrasting points of view: a boy who joins the rebels, and a girl taken in by Christian missionaries to whom she offers allegiance. Boxers and Saints is an immersive adventure tale, an educational primer on the Boxer Rebellion, and an illustration of how consideration of multiple perspectives enriches understanding of historical events.

Having written much of his work while employed as a high school computer science teacher, Yang recognizes the instructional value of comics. He is currently writing a series of graphic novels, Secret Coders (2015­– ), that cleverly introduces computer coding within an engaging mystery plot. In these and other projects, such as the New Super-Man series, Yang is leading the way in bringing diverse characters to children’s and young adult literature and confirming comics’ place as an important creative and imaginative force within literature and art.

Gene Luen Yang received a B.S. (1995) from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. (2003) from California State University at East Bay. From 1998 to 2015, he taught computer science and served as director of information services at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. His additional publications include The Shadow Hero (2014) and Level Up (2011), and he has written for Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang has taught in Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults since 2012 and is currently serving as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2015–2016).

Relive our student writing events via video

In case you missed it, or want to experience it again, here is video from our “Once Upon a Time” banquet during the 2016 One Book Two Book festival. Readings from many amazing Iowa City students, and some inspirational words from our keynotes, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann. Thanks to our friends with City Channel 4 for the video.

In addition, you also can watch the “Write Out Loud!” event, which featured recognition for more than 100 student writers from the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor.

One Book Two Book student writing winners selected

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 150 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 26-28.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 26, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 22 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the dinner. The dinner is sponsored by Terry Lockridge  & Dunn/WorldTrend Financial. These students, selected by Pearson in Iowa City, are:

Student, school, grade

Malia Snyder Alexander 4
Sarah Bunyan Borlaug 6
Francis Mwanda Central 5
Keira McKnight Garner 4
Mesarah Hnesh Hills 6
Ella Sherlock Hoover 5
Leila Afifi Horn 6
Jaden Green Kirkwood 6
Darren Randall Lemme 5
Heidi Du Lincoln 5
Jocelyn Harte Longfellow 6
Kale Clark Lucas 6
Greta Stanier Mann 5
Michelle Babcock Penn 4
Natalie Franklin Regina 6
Eleanor Ziehr Shimek 3
Ivy Aijala-Wardell Twain 6
Adam Schultz Van Allen 4
Lydia Evans Weber 2
Raina Pfeifer Wickham 6
Lochlan Krupa Willowwind 6
Tyler Daniels Wood 6

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 28, features the annual “Write Out Loud!” event, 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium in the University of Iowa’s Macbride Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. More than 800 students answered the call. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at Pearson in Iowa City, and the best of these were singled out for recognition.

In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories. They are:

  • The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
  • From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These winning students are:

Grade, “The Write Stuff” Winner, school
1 Zaid Aldoss, Van Allen
2 Praneel Rastogi, Wickham
3 Mason Johnson, Lincoln
4 Ginger McCartney, Willowwind
5 Abby McNeely, Garner
6 Kiva Meeks-Mosley, Wood
7 Badra Kalil, Northwest
8 Lila Terry, North Central

Grade “From the Heart” Winner, school
1 Charvi Deorah, Lincoln
2 Hazen Addis, Lincoln
3 Ava Bruxvoort, Wickham
4 Livian LaVine, Lincoln
5 Deborah Turner, Twain
6 Katie Tippet, Penn
7 Fareeha Ahmad, North Central
8 Ingrid Gingerich, Heritage Christian School

In addition, the Pearson team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention, roughly the top 10 percent of submissions. These 121 students will be recognized as part of the Feb. 28 event, which is free and open to the public. The students are (school/name/grade):

Borlaug Shanza Sami 2
Borlaug Landon Waddilove 2
Borlaug Richard Yang 3
Borlaug Nya Bunyan 3
Borlaug Cindy Wang 4
Borlaug Andreas Warren 4
Coralville Central Ella Scott 5
Garner Layla Langseth 2
Garner Liv Slaughter 2
Garner Savannah Page 2
Garner Lillian Steffens 3
Garner Ivy Reske 3
Garner Anna Prieskorn 4
Garner Olivia See 4
Garner Tye Miller 5
Garner Krista Olson 5
Garner Christian Melessa 5
Heritage Christian School Malinee Mezhir 3
Hills Tamiah Teran 5
Hoover Xuan Liu 3
Hoover Ruth Meehan 6
Horn Aidan O’Leary 1
Horn Henry Lu 3
Horn Katy Ham 4
Kirkwood Warren Faga 4
Kirkwood Jeremy Myers 4
Kirkwood Charlotte Windmill 5
Lemme Kenzie Randall 3
Lemme Tate Williams 4
Lemme Hakim Issan 5
Lincoln Izzy Brown 1
Lincoln Lillian Rantanen 2
Lincoln Adelaide Newton 2
Lincoln Anisa Kalil 2
Lincoln Emily Phillips 3
Lincoln Anna Song 3
Lincoln Avery Provorse 4
Lincoln Sigrid Rossi 4
Lincoln Sadie Wallace 4
Lincoln Lucia Allgood 4
Lincoln Ava Rose Turek 4
Lincoln Estella Newton 6
Longfellow Claire Locher 2
Longfellow Lydia Pritchard 4
Longfellow Fiona Arnold 4
Longfellow Jackson Chard-Cuda 4
Longfellow Eliza Woodard 4
Longfellow Ben Platte 4
Longfellow Luke Locher 4
Longfellow Ferguson Ward 6
Longfellow Maria Volkman 6
Longfellow Sullivan Hall 6
Longfellow L’Engle Charis-Carlson 6
Lucas Ellie Galloway 3
Lucas Colin Ruan 3
Lucas Lila Tallman 4
Lucas Emily Ortiz 4
Lucas Katy Harmsen 4
Lucas Saige Dickerson 6
Mann Conner Stanton 2
Mann Erin Partridge 4
Mann Iris Williams 4
North Central JH Kayla Wright 7
North Central JH Natalie Kaiser 7
North Central JH Henry Krain 8
North Central JH Courtney Olson 8
Northwest JH Alexandra Carlon 7
Northwest JH Uriel Campos-Padilla 7
Northwest JH Divya Shyamal 7
Northwest JH Brady Gromacki 7
Northwest JH Reece Yang 7
Northwest JH Natalie Young 8
Northwest JH Maia DeGrazia 8
Northwest JH Emir Abdagic 8
Penn Adeline Goeken 3
Penn Molly Krogh 3
Penn Mia Edlemon 3
Penn Karsten Triggs 3
Penn Kate Dominy 4
Penn Gabe Clark 4
Penn Finn Benest 4
Penn Cole Kerns 4
Penn Adrianna Dunlevy 4
Penn Bennett Tauke 4
Penn Aiden Gillespie 4
Penn Sarah Waul 6
Penn Aidan Stoddard 6
Penn Tyler Moores 6
Penn Ethan Keeney 6
Prairie Creek Sage Slessor 5
Regina Lily Nibaur 1
Regina Grace Gavin 4
Regina Sara Comer 4
Regina Victoria Aragon 6
Shimek James Meggitt 4
Shimek Anna Mattson 5
Southeast JH Alexandra Poremba 7
Southeast JH Reese Hill 8
St. Matthew Frances DeBoom 4
St. Matthew Tom Giorgio 5
Twain Owen Ruth 3
Twain Riona Ayers 3
Twain Timothy Cline 4
Van Allen Jaelyn Perry 3
Van Allen Cori Mac 4
Van Allen Marrin Zwanziger 4
Weber Asher Overholt 5
Weber Caroline Mascardo 6
Weber Zoe Nolte 6
Weber Isaac Fletcher 6
Wickham Austin Ji 1
Wickham Caroline Vander Weg 2
Wickham Anjali Lodh 3
Wickham Vera Tanas 3
Wickham Elisabeth Bird 5
Willowwind Ella Pressler 1
Willowwind Mira Cunning 2
Willowwind Kaden Huntley 3
Willowwind Rayne Foley 4
Willowwind Ankur Karandikar 4
Willowwind Rosie Terry 4

2016 festival set for Feb. 26-28

ceThe 2016 One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will be held Feb. 26-28 in downtown Iowa City.

The festival, which celebrates writing for and by children, will feature three days of events designed to encourage young writers, share stories, and foster a love of reading.

The weekend begins with the Once Upon A Time banquet at the Hotel Vetro. This event celebrates writing by students at Iowa City-area elementary schools. One student from each of 22 schools will be recognized and will read his or her work. In addition, thanks to a sponsorship from Terry, Lockridge & Dunn/WorldTrend Financial, each participating school will receive a table of 10 for students, parents and educators.

The keynote presentation at that event will be presented by children’s book author Candace Fleming and author/illustrator Eric Rohmann.

The pair, who have many books between them, including the collaborative Oh, No! and Bulldozer’s Big Day, also will present as part of the second day of the Festival. Events will be held from 1o a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Hotel Vetro. This includes presentations by Fleming and Rohmann, a visit from IPTV’s Dan Wardell, costumed book characters, toy trains, a book fair and much more.

In addition, the annual Jr. High Writing Jam with the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and the Comic Book Confidential workshop, this year with artist Jonathan Sims, will be held. Check the website for signup details.

The festival ends on Sunday, Feb. 28, with the Write Out Loud award ceremony, 1-3 p.m. at Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa Campus. Students in grades 1-8 from throughout the Corridor submitted a page of original writing to be judged by our partners at Pearson. Two grade level winners will be chosen in each grade, one in each of the following categories:

  • “The Write Stuff”: For language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
  • “From the Heart”: For creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

Other students will be recognized with honorable mention awards.

All events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. A limited number of public tickets are available for the Friday banquet at $25. contact rachael@iowacityofliterature.org for details.