Thursday, January 12, 2012

One Book Two Book: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

This weekend marks the launch of a unique event taking place in Iowa City: The One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival. The festival, which coincides with Iowa City's being designated a UNESCO City of Literature, brings together educators, librarians, authors, publishers, bookstores, parents, and children to recognize the important role of literature in the development of children’s literacy, imagination, and love of reading.

Needless to say, the festival's mission is a natural fit for the Pearson Foundation. In addition to sponsoring the event, we've launched a One Book Two Book campaign on We Give Books as an additional effort to ensure that all children in the greater Iowa City area have access to quality children's books.

However, the real action takes place at the festival itself: The weekend begins with a prologue dinner this evening, celebrating stories written and performed by children from area schools and recognizing children's author Kathryn Erksine, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. On Saturday, the children's book fair itself takes place at the Sheraton Iowa City hotel. On Sunday January 15th a very special Reading on the Rails event invites children and adults to ride the Hawkeye Express Train on a special literary excursion.

Book donations from the Pearson Foundation and other partners will benefit worthy, youth-serving organizations including MECCA's Transitional Housing Program, Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Crisis Center Food Bank, Four Oaks, Ronald McDonald House, Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa, Handicare, 4Cs, Early Childhood Support Program (Iowa City Community School District), Kirkwood Elementary Family Resource Center, and Shelter House.

To learn more about One Book Two Book, visit To learn more about We Give Books and our almost-maxed-out One Book Two Book campaign, please visit

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