Don’t see us at Warrensburg Literature Festival? Here’s how to find us.

Hi everyone,

The annual Children’s Literature Festival held in Warrensburg, Missouri each year is coming up on March 17-19. Participating in the festival has been one of the highlights in my year since 1978.

I won’t be back this year and will miss seeing old friends and of course all those kids. The festival is under new leadership and nothing stays the same forever. Changes are made for various reasons. In the present situation, a high priority placed on diversity is one of them. In any case several of us will no longer be part of the event, at least not on a regular base.

Following is a list of authors and illustrators who have participated in the festival over the years. Some stopped coming before the transition while others have participated until quite recently. We hope teachers and others continue to support the festival, now in it’s 51st year, and enjoy meeting authors they may not be as familiar with. There is a lot of great talent out there.

At the same time, we would be sad to think we might lose contact with you if you miss seeing us at the Warrensburg’s Children’s Literature Festival. We’ve loved being with the kids, teachers, and parents who attend that wonderful event. As we move on to make room for other authors and artists, we want to make it easy to stay in touch! Here’s who we are and how you can continue to follow us and our work or get in touch for conference appearances and school visits. In my case I have two school visits scheduled during the March 17-19 dates. I know that Bill Anderson does, too, and quite likely others on the list are booked for other events as well. We’re a busy bunch.

As a group we’ve written or illustrated hundreds of your favorite books and visited with young people all over the United States and beyond. Although some of our out of print books are hard to find these days, they are worth the effort! The list of honors our work has received would fill pages, but our purpose here is to make it easier for you to find us. You are an important part of our lives. We look forward to staying in touch. If you are inclined to share the list with others, we’ll be grateful.

Alexandria LaFaye
a link to my school visit video:
On Facebook
On Instagram and Twitter
Brenda Seabrooke:
Cheryl Harness
Claudia Mills:
Carole Adler:
David L Harrison:
Dean Hughes:
Dean Hughes, Author, Facebook Page
Gloria Skurzynski
Jane Kurtz
Janie (J.B.) Cheaney
P.O. Box 634, Bolivar MO 65613
Facebook: J.B. Cheaney
Jan Greenberg
Joan Carris
1318 Pendleton Ct., Charlottesville, VA 22901
Judy Fradin
Kristi Holl
Lois Ruby
8223 Grape View Ct. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
505-293-5478 (home)
505-288-2194 (cell)
Marsha Diane Arnold
Facebook –
Twitter –
Website (currently being updated) –
Mary Downing Hahn
Mary Jane Auch
Michael Spradlin
Naomi Williamson:
Naomi Williamson, Professor Emeritus, Library Services
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Telephone: 660-238-8784
Sandy Asher:
Stephanie Tolan
Teri Sloat
Website for books:
Website for art:
Phone: 707-823-4256
Veda Boyd Jones
Vicki Grove
Vivian Vande Velde:
William Anderson
Phone: 810 667 2012
Fb: William Anderson Author

Back in the wheel

Hi everyone,

I’m home again and back in the wheel. I lost some sleep at the conference so I gave myself half an hour more rest this morning.

I had some unusual questions from kids at this festival. One asked about my favorite publisher. Another wanted to know if the blank verse of Shakespeare had any impact on my writing. I was impressed!

This year Vivian Vande Velde couldn’t make it to the festival and she always takes pictures to share with the rest of us. Bill Anderson volunteered to be our roving photographer so I expect some candid pictures from him before long. I’ll share some of them if Bill hasn’t already.

Several teachers who attended the festival with their students expressed interest in participating in the Scholastic book with Mary Jo Fresch so I look forward to their input in the coming weeks. While waiting for teacher input, I’ll get back to other projects that need some attention. I have two meetings today but expect to spend most of the rest of it starting to catch up.

Home tonight

Hi everyone,
These children’s literature festivals make you feel like a kid again! This is the final day of this one. Yesterday went smoothly except that the room was crowded and got a little warm. We couldn’t open a window but a fan helped. This morning seemed to come early and the maid has forgotten to restock my coffee so decaf is going to have to do for now.

My schools today are Smithton R-VI, Parkade Elementary, Westran Middle School, Sni-A-Bar, Hale R-1, and Pilot Grove. Yesterday the kids ranged from 3rd to 8th grade so I expect more of the same today. I’m ready when they are.

Bring on the kids

Hi everyone,

Today and tomorrow will be busy ones but fun as groups of young students, grades 4-6, come for forty-five minutes at a time to hear some of their favorite authors and illustrators.

I plan to ask the teachers who accompany their kids if they might be interested in contributing to the book I’m doing with Mary Jo Fresch. Our deadline is looming and this is a great opportunity.

I hope your week is a good one.