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Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival officially was
organized in 2018, following the idea of Rev. Nicholas W.
Inman (Director, Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum). The
idea, which received the blessing of former Wilder Home
Director, Jean Coday moved forward with Annie Busch (retired
Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library)
serving as the Honorary Chairperson.
meeting was held at the Seymour Public Library with the
following individuals present to serve as the charter
literature festival committee: Busch, Inman (President), Vicki
Johnston (Secretary), Gayla Hancock, Teri Myers (Seymour
Librarian), Michelle Underwood, Kim Ward and Marie Bristol.
festival was scheduled for April of 2019, coinciding with the
Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri and
being held at the Marshfield Church of the Nazarene. Over 700
children participated in the first festival with the following
authors speaking: William Anderson, Karolyn Grimes, John
Nichols, Doug Gaston, Randy Plummer, Gina Crawford and Dorinda
Nicholson. Participating students were invited to attend the
festival and visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in
Mansfield, Missouri, which was included in their registration
success of the inaugural festival, the committee decided to
relocate the festival to Mansfield, allowing easier access to
the Wilder Home and Museum. The festival was also moved to
November, where it was decided that it would be held during
the first week of that month, each year.
continues to work throughout the year to plan this exciting
opportunity for students of all ages and they encourage
everyone to learn more about this festival, which honors one
of America’s most beloved children’s authors.
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To inspire the area children living here in the
Ozarks to live through the pages of their favorite authors and
to promote literacy.