One Book Two Book

 

February 26-28, 2021

One Book Two Book is an annual celebration of children’s literature in the City of Literature.

Our community is very supportive of young people. We know who scores the winning touchdown for City High. We celebrate students who make all-state in music for Northwest Junior High. We cheer the top debaters at Regina. But do we know the best young writers in our community?

We should. As a UNESCO City of Literature, we rightly laud the published and soon-to-be published authors among us, but we tend to overlook the most abundant pool of talent in our area: our K-12 schools.

Recognizing and celebrating this talent is a big reason behind the City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. Like traditional festivals, it offers the chance for attendees — in this case, children and their families — to hear from published authors about their work. But more important is its ultimate goal: to champion writing by children.

Students in grades 1-8 in Linn and Johnson counties are encouraged to submit writing for the festival. Guidelines can be found at the One Book Two Book website. While we wait to read this new work, you can revisit the winning submissions from the 2020 festival.