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One of Unbound’s core missions is to encourage a love of reading and writing in all ages, especially the young, and so we take our children’s programming very seriously. 

The festival’s children events take place in two quite different ways and places.

On Friday, April 20, we put on the “Authors in the Schools” project. We aim to bring a real, live, walking talking author into at least one classroom in every grade in the Columbia Public Schools system, from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade. This year our participating authors are:

•    Bill Harley
•    Antony John
•    Dr. John Johnson
•    Gabby Rivera
•    J.T. Rogers
•    Clare Vanderpool
•    Salina Yoon

Also, we've just added Robin Sloan to this list... he will be speaking to creative writing students at Hickman High School on Friday morning.

On the morning of Saturday, April 21, the following authors will be doing presentations at the festival itself, on the campus of Stephens College:

•    Bill Harley
•    Clare Vanderpool
•    Salina Yoon

In addition, the beautiful singing princesses from TRYPS will be visiting us once again to entertain the crowds with their songs.

Gabby Rivera will also be appearing at the festival on Saturday.

Much of our programming for children's events this year is made possible by generous grants from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and the Friends of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.


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