Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book festival

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 30 area students as part of this year’s festival.

The festival begins on Saturday, Feb. 25, and includes 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. Visit for a full schedule of activities.

Student writers will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 26, 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. 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. 26 event.