Illinois Reads Book Festival 2018

I want to thank Du Quoin Middle School Word Squad and 5th Grade teacher Leslie Small for their deliciously warm welcome at the Illinois Reads Book Festival in Du Quoin, Illinois this past Saturday, March 10th. This enthusiastic batch of readers shared a bounty of alliterative words and adorable balloon apples at their booth, FRESH-PICKED ALLITERATION.  How poetic! 

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Highlights Foundation Unworkshop

 Pictured in back: Julie Segal Walters, Hannah Barnaby, Jessica Petersen, Katey Howes, Gretchen McLellan, Jannie Ho, and Anna Forrester. Pictured in front: Kerri Kokias, Andrea J. Loney, Ariel Gordon Bernstein, Michelle Schaub, Marcie Colleen, Alison Goldberg, and Patricia Toht. 

Pictured in back: Julie Segal Walters, Hannah Barnaby, Jessica Petersen, Katey Howes, Gretchen McLellan, Jannie Ho, and Anna Forrester. Pictured in front: Kerri Kokias, Andrea J. Loney, Ariel Gordon Bernstein, Michelle Schaub, Marcie Colleen, Alison Goldberg, and Patricia Toht. 

What do you get when you combine cozy cabins in the woods, gourmet food, and a slew of debut picture book authors?  An unforgettable weekend! After cheering one another along for the past year through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, our Picture the Books 2017 debut author's group decided to meet in person at a Highlights Un-Workshop in Honesdale, PA.  It was fun to finally meet these amazingly talented women in person.  Check out these authors' debut books at PICTURE THE BOOKS.