Bentonville's Inaugural Youth Literature Festival

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Festival Event Guide

2015 Festival Recap


Youth Lit Fest Photo Gallery | 2015

Vanessa, a 4th grader from Bentonville, Arkansas, visited with "artistrator" E.B. Lewis at BPL's Inaugural Youth Literature Festival.

Lewis autographed Tea Cakes for Tosh, a picture book he illustrated.

Photograph by Brittany Fleming.

Library Director, Hadi Dudley, presents Bethany Culpepper with special books at BPL. 

New titles are available for patrons to check out and several books contain a commemorative bookplate:  “In Honor of Bethany Culpepper Co-founder and dedicated volunteer of Bentonville’s Inaugural Youth Literature Festival.”

Congrats to Cailyn, a 6-year old BPL patron, who won the American Girl raffle!

Mary Casanova, author of Grace, presented the young reader with an American Girl “Grace” doll and book 1 of the Grace series during Bentonville's Youth Lit Fest. 

Photograph by Lindsay Falkenberg.










A diversely talented group of children’s book authors and illustrators presented at Bentonville’s Inaugural Youth Literature Festival.  Photograph by Bethany Culpepper.

[Front / L to R:  Marie Smith, Kashmira Sheth, Mary Casanova and E.B. Lewis; Back / L to R:  Obert Skye, Ard Hoyt, Roland Smith, Janet Wong and Henry Cole; Not pictured:  Cheryl Harness]













Children’s book illustrator Ard Hoyt, Children’s Librarian Sue Ann Pekel, Library Director Hadi Dudley and author Mary Casanova visited after the festival’s book sale and autograph session at BPL at the Community Center.  




Festival Sponsors & Partners | 2015


Arkansas State Library

Bentonville Parks and Recreation

Children's Book Week

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

Friends of the Bentonville Library

Private Donors

Sam's Club

Table Mesa Bistro

Tea Rose Foundation

The Walmart Museum

Walmart Foundation


Bentonville Public Schools

Bentonville Library Foundation

Community Volunteers

Downtown Bentonville, Inc.

Free Comic Book Day

Trike Theatre






BPL's Youth Lit Fest was supported by grants, private donations, gifts, in-kind contributions and sponsorships. More than $25,500 was raised to produce the festival, joining in-kind contributions totaling over $35,800. Thank you!


Special Thanks

It is with the warmest regard and gratitude that BPL appreciates the Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department for its partnership in providing a lovely space for young learners to grow at the new Community Center.

The Library respectfully recognizes the commitment and passion of Bethany Culpepper, festival co-founder and a community volunteer who has been invaluable to Bentonville's Inaugural Youth Literature Festival. 

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