The Rabbit Hole, in association with The Kansas City Public Library and
Crossroads Charter Schools, is proud to launch LitFestKC, an annual children’s literature festival in downtown Kansas City. This two-day event, scheduled for April 28-29, aims to inspire readers of all ages and provide a dynamic platform for new and established children’s book authors. Inaugural LitFestKC presenters representsome of the most powerful and exciting voices in contemporary children’s literature.
Presenters include the nation’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – Jon Scieszka – along with 2016 Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Nina Crews, Shane Evans, Brian Selznick, and 2017 Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott Medal winner Javaka Steptoe. (See “presenter bios” page in the press pack for full biographies.)
“There’s nothing like the Rabbit hOle or LitfestKC in terms of originality, audacity, ambition and fun!” says presenter, BrianSelznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Saturday, April 29 – teachers, parents, writers, artists, and book lovers of all stripes are invited to attend theLitFestKC Conference Day. Authors will share inspiration and insights into their creative processes. Conferencegoers may attend morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions. Books will be on site and available for purchasethroughout the event (no more than two books from home, please). Online registration and additionalinformation can be found at www.litfestkc.org/conference-day-registration.
“There is nothing in the multiple universes like LitFestKC!” says presenter Jon Scieszka, first Nationa lAmbassador of Children’s Literature, “Look at this line-up of authors! Kids, adults, and any one else… ifyou are ready to change your life, and become a better person, come on down to this one-of-a-kind celebration of all things kid literary. We guarantee that you will not be the same person when you leave.”