Yesterday I spoke at the 9th annual Wanyesville Young People’s Literature Festival in Waynesville, Missouri. (About 2 hours southwest of St. Louis, where I am) Hundreds of 3rd through 6th graders are bussed in to East Elementary from all over the surrounding area to hear authors, illustrators and storytellers talk about their work. There are usually about 10 authors that come to the conference, and most of them are from Missouri. It’s a fun day for me because not only do I get to talk with some fantastic students, but I also get to chat with other authors, which almost never happens, as we are all in our studios making our books. This conference used to be held at a school located on Fort Leonard Wood, but changes in security regulations required the coordinators to move it off post. I have been attending this conference since 1999.
Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini is an award-winning author and illustrator. She loves visiting schools and sharing her inspiring story of publishing her first book when she was only 16 years old with children.