Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book festival, Feb. 24-25

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of 26 area students as part of this year’s festival.

The festival begins on Saturday, Feb. 24, and includes family friendly programming from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chauncey adjacent to FilmScene in downtown Iowa City. Events include story times, a book fair, costume characters and more.

Presenting authors include:
–Monica Leo with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, who will put on a show and discuss her new book, Hand, Shadow, Rod. The Story of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre.
–Jean Herring, a local author who will read her new picture book, I Quit!
–Jen Ferguson, an Iowa writer who will discuss her new YA novel, Those Pink Mountain Nights.

Children will also have the chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, Frog & Toad, Mercy Watson, and Penelope Rex at various points throughout the day, play with Brio trains with Dan Daly, create their own art with Matt Laux and more. Visit  for a full schedule of activities.

Student writers will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 25, as part of the annual “Write Out Loud!” event, 1-2:30 p.m. in the auditorium in the University of Iowa’s Macbride Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Students in Corridor school districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City. In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories when a suitable submission was available. They are:

The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These winning students are:












In addition, the ACT team identified students in each grade whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention. These students also will be recognized as part of the Feb. 25 event.









A booklet featuring all of the recognized pieces can be downloaded here.