Write Out Loud event to premiere at 1 p.m., Feb. 28

The Write Out Loud celebration of student writing, held virtually this year, will premiere on YouTube at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 28. The celebration is the highlight of this year’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. Watch the presentation here.

The video features the grade-level winners in the One Book Two Book writing competition. Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City. 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.

The students who will read are:

First Grade: Dustin Nguyen, Borlaug Elementary – The Write Stuff; Lake Spak, Mann Elementary – From the Heart.

Second Grade: Sophia Nguyen, Borlaug Elementary – The Write Stuff; Anjana Mathews, Wickham Elementary – From the Heart

Third Grade: Abigail Chen, Wickham Elementary – The Write Stuff; Lyan Hussein, Coralville Central Elementary – From the Heart

Fourth Grade: Olivia Rantanen, Willowwind School – The Write Stuff; Ezra O’Connor, Lemme Elementary – From the Heart

Fifth Grade: Mirka Punekar, Coralville Central Elementary – The Write Stuff; Maggie Nguyen, Borlaug Elementary – From the Heart

Sixth Grade: Leon Xie, Wickham Elementary – The Write Stuff; Adelaide Capps, Mann Elementary – From the Heart

Seventh Grade: Maxwell Brown, South East Junior High – The Write Stuff; Sienna Brown, South East Junior High – From the Heart

Eighth Grade: Luis Holanda Solano, Scattergood Friends – The Write Stuff; Claire Franzwa, North Central Junior High – From the Heart

In addition, honorable mention students were selected, and will be recognized as part of the program:

Second graders Nate Cwiertny , Weber Elementary; and Inaaya Ali,Wickham Elementary
Third grader Amara Pfeifer, Wickham Elementary.
Fourth grader Cora Beland, Coralville Central Elementary.
Fifth grader Anaya Patill, Penn Elementary.
Sixth graders Hattie Galloway, Hoover Elementary; and Ben Haines, Lincoln Elementary.
Seventh grader Katelyn Wu, Clear Creek Amana Middle School.
Eighth grader Anora Klauke, South East Junior High.

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 two dozen area students as part of the festival, Feb. 27-28.

This year’s festival will be held virtually, with online programming on both days. A special video presentation, “Write Out Loud,” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 28, featuring the grade-level winners in the One Book Two Book writing competition. Other programming is being finalized.

Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City. 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 Right Stuff

From the Heart

In addition, the ACT team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention:

Nate Cwiertny, 2, Weber
Inaaya H. Ali, 2, Wickham
Amara Pfeifer, 3, Wickham
Cora Beland, 4, Coralville Central
Anaya Patil, 5, Penn
Hattie Galloway, 6, Hoover
Ben Haines, 6, Lincoln
Katelyn Wu, 7, Clear Creek Amana
Anora Klauke,8, South East Junior High

Congratulations to One Book Two Book on Ten Years of Celebrating Books!

Katy Herbold, owner of Sidekick Coffee & Books, is a longtime attendee and supporter of the One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. This year, to honor our 10th anniversary, Sidekick has generously pledged to donate 10% of their sales over the festival weekend (Feb. 27-28) to the City of Literature to help support One Book Two Book!

We asked Katy to tell us about her experiences coming to One Book Two Book, and what the festival means to her and her family.

From the first time I brought my family to the the One Book Two Book Festival, I knew it was wonderful, important, and an inspiring event. Only one of my three children had been born at that time, and he was captivated by the books, the atmosphere, and the readers. Over the years, the festival has continued to build on the joys and experiences that come from books, and the toddler who first attended the event now comes with his two younger brothers, and they have all enjoyed the train room, larger than life characters, a new book (or three), virtual reality and so much more. However, the favorite part for all of us continues to be taking part in the story time sessions hosted by local authors, storytellers, and book lovers, on stage.  There is nothing like being with so many others who love books, and the adventure and opportunities that come along with books, as much you do–it is a special kind of magic.  Thank you for creating this wonderful festival, and congratulations on your 10th year!

We’re thrilled to have Sidekick’s support! During the COVID 19 pandemic Sidekick remains committed to keeping  customers and staff safe.  Be sure to visit their website and follow this link for online ordering: https://sidekickonline.shopsettings.com

2021 student writing submissions now being accepted

Though the festival will be scaled back and held online in 2021, the core component of the One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival remains: soliciting creative writing submissions from area students.

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 2021 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. The festival will be held Feb. 26-28, 2021.

The guidelines for submissions can be found here. As in past years, students can submit any original writing — a story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. — and all submissions will be evaluated by a team at ACT.

Recognized students will be honored at virtual events during the festival. 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.”

Other programming is being planned for the weekend.

Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book festival

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 70 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 21-23.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 21, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 23 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 second day of the festival, Saturday, Feb. 22, includes programming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the HotelVetro ballroom featuring author presentations, workshops, a book fair, a science show, costume characters and more. Visit www.onebooktwobook.org for a full schedule.

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 23, 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. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City. 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. 23 event.

1 Aashritha Snigdha Aedhu, Tiffin
2 Goldie Grove, Kirkwood
3 Louisa Capps, Mann
3 Peter Spragg, Lemme
3 Ian Ballantyne, Willowwind
4 Rachel Matiyabo, Kirkwood
4 Adrian Cardoso, Kirkwood
4 Kyros Yuefan Wu, Van Allen
4 Olivia Friedhof, Coralville Central
5 Archie Fisher, Twain
5 Willa Jackson, Willowwind
5 Sarah Kalnins, Willowwind
5 Vidya Kumar, Willowwind
5 Ismail Shaheen, Willowwind
5 Hattie Galloway, Hoover
5 Annabelle Pedersen, Grant
5 Mira Mannheimer, Penn
6 Sylvia Broffitt, Horn
6 Kaelyn Beeding, Kirkwood
6 Lydia Valiga, Regina
6 Estelle Ralston, Penn
7 Luis Solano de Almeida, South East
7 Samantha Glass, Regina
7 Anora Klauke, South East
7 Jen Tran, South East
7 Corte Beal, Northwest
7 Sidney Tranel, Northwest
8 Jadyn Franklin , West Branch
8 Kamakshee Kuchhal, Northwest
8 Addison Prantner, South East
8 Leela Strand, North Central
8 Olivia Naber, West Branch
8 Athena Wu, Northwest
8 Nevaeh Hoffman, Northwest

2020 Costume Characters Announced

The City of Literature is proud to welcome Clifford the Big Red Dog, Pea Green Crayon aka Esteban the Magnificent, Taco Dragon, and Elephant and Piggie to Iowa City for One Book Two Book 2020! Bring your camera and snap a picture, there will be multiple opportunities to meet and greet your favorite children’s book characters throughout the festival weekend.

2020 Student Submissions Sent for Review

Hundreds of students in grades 1-8 in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area have submitted writing for the 2020 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. The student work will now 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. 23, 2020. 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. 23, 2020, event.

All recognized students will receive certificates and prizes at the event and the grade-level prize winners will have their work published in a booklet available at the festival.

Ocean Odyssey with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – Canceled due to weather

Unfortunately the weather and road conditions are preventing the sharks from traveling. The 10:30 a.m. Shark presentation is canceled.

2019 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 80 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 23-25.

The festival begins Friday, Feb. 22, 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the HotelVetro will be filled with activities, games, and stories with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all free and open to the public. A full schedule can be found at www.onebooktwobook.org. Highlights include a presentation by keynote Claudia McGehee, a visit from the Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Ocean Odyssey, costumed book characters, the Absolute Science Show, story times and more.
In addition, a stamping workshop with Mcgehee, the Comic Book Confidential, and the Junior High Writing Jam offer select students the opportunity to sharpen their skills and have fun. Space is limited, and sign ups are available at www.onebooktwobook.org.

The festival’s final day, Sunday, Feb. 24, 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. 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. 24 event, which is free and open to the public. The students are (grade/name/school):

1          Alyssa Denneny          Hoover
1          Goldie Grove              Kirkwood
1          Leila LaRoche             Van Allen
2          Furqan Butali              Kirkwood
2          Lillian  Doobay           Van Allen
2          Olivia Lieberman        Weber
2          Molly Nolan                Lucas
2          Sally Owens                Hoover
2          Ananya Snigdha Aedhu    Tiffin
3          Eleanor Collins            Hoover
3          Gabby Cwiertny         Weber
3          Hana Hadzic               Hoover
3          Maggie Nguyen          Borlaug
3          Lisa Soka                    Horn
3          Anna Platte                 Longfellow
3          Mirka Punekar             Wickham
3          Lisa Soka                    Horn
4          Zaid Aldoss                Van Allen
4          Lily Bonner                 Penn
4          Audrey   Briggs             Lemme
4          Ava Casey                   Van Allen
4          Olivia El Abiad           Van Allen
4          Colin Finch                 Van Allen
4          Clara Frank                 Penn
4          Sophie Ho                   Wickham
4          Isabelle Knudtson       Lemme
4          Naomi    Lai                   Weber
4          Nadia Spragg              Lemme
4          Sydney Van Heukelom  Van Allen
4          Kylee Wessling           Lemme
5          Hazel   Boerner           Mann
5          Gwen Dao                   North Bend
5          Hailey  Kellogg           Garner
5          Da’Rayah Money        Lucas
5          Eva  Ortega Lopez      Wickham
5          Isabella Renk              Garner
5          Abigail    Sigafoose        Hoover
6          Layan  Ahmed            Borlaug
6          Ava     Bruxvoort        Wickham
6          Charlotte Delowery    Willowwind
6          Michael Follmer          Horn
6          Fiona Graber               Weber
6          Anora  Klauke             Lemme
6          Olivia  Leman             Hoover
6          Janie Owens             Hoover
6          Alex Schultz              Horn
6          Ella Slattery                Wickham
6          Lauren Spence             Wickham
6          Vera Tanas                  Wickham
6          Richard Yang              Borlaug
7          Zaira Ahmad                 North Central
7          Fiona  Arnold              South East
7          Thomas Berry-Mike    North West
7          Brooklyn Bolton         North Central
7          Caitlyn Elmer              North Central
7          Gracie  Hennings         North Central
7          Nevaeh Hoffman        Northwest
7          Kamakshee Kuchhal   Northwest
7          Ben Munson                North Central
7          Jillian Nielsen             North Central
7          Addison Prantner        South East
7          Kolby Reese                North Central
7          Ryan Schmierer           North Central
7          Spencer Thomas          Northwest
7          Isabella Tisdale           Northwest
7          Nina Torkelson         West Branch MS
7          Aimee  Varga              Northwest
7          Erinn   Varga              Northwest
7          Andreas Warren          Northwest
7          Carlee  Wilkins            North Central
7          Olivia  Williams          North Central
7          Athena Wu                  Northwest
8          Aiden  Dingbaum     West Branch MS
8          Lynzi   Dykstra         West Branch MS
8          Wyatt  Fiderlein       West Branch MS
8          Rhiannon Fletcher    West Branch MS
8          James   Fountain        West Branch MS
8          Kyle    Harold           West Branch MS
8          Abby   McNeely         North Central
8          GabriellaRushton      West Branch MS
8          Andrew Samuelson   West Branch MS
8          Sadie   Smith              West Branch MS
8          Karley Staker             West Branch MS
8          Bailey  Walker            West Branch MS

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.