Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival celebrates 22 years

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SEWARD, NE (09/14/2017) Concordia University, Nebraska will host its 22nd annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Sept. 28-30, 2017, featuring an assortment of nationally renowned authors and illustrators to encourage a love of reading, writing and books.

"The festival once again promises to be an inspiring event for all who are involved," said Dylan Teut, director of the festival. "We are fortunate to have an all-star lineup of authors and illustrators who will encourage children to read, write, draw, and follow their dreams. We are anticipating our biggest attendance yet, and the festival continues to be blessed abundantly by presenters, volunteers, and donors."

Authors and illustrators at the event are Joan Bauer, Lauren Castillo, Henry Cole, Matthew Cordell, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Sharon M. Draper, Tad Hills, Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Brandon Mull, Christian Robinson, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip Stead and Melissa Sweet. Patricia MacLauchlan and Kadir Nelson will be at the Adult Conference.

The events on Sept. 28 for Seward schools and Sept. 29 for commuting schools include author talks, a play put on by Concordia's theater program and activities such as an art session, creative writing workshop, music session, science presentation and games on the green space on campus.

The festival includes an adult conference on Sept. 30 with authors, illustrators and a number of literacy experts speaking on a variety of topics. The conference features a luncheon and keynote address by Patricia MacLauchlan, who has written hundreds of books for young readers and is a Newberry award winner.He is well-known for his book Holes, which was later made into a major motion picture and is the winner of the Newberry Medal and the National Book Award.

Additionally, a special exhibition of "The Wizards of Pop" is part of the Plum Creek Literacy Festival and is currently available for viewing at the Marxhausen Gallery of Art on Concordia's campus through Oct. 6, 2017. Admission to the Marxhausen Gallery is free and open to the public.

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Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,700 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit