April 29, 2017

BYLF3 Event Guide
Full List of Presenters
Biographies of Presenters


Youth Lit Fest Photo Gallery | 2017

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Rich Davis, Alan Gratz, Maiya Williams, Susan Knapps, Alene Betts & Laura Betts Coello, Karen Akins, Thomas Cochran, Roland Smith, Kristin Gray, Mary Casanova, Ard Hoyt, James Babb. Photos by Lance Macmaster and Hadi Dudley.

BYLF3 kicked off with a debut StoryWalk® display of One Dog Canoe. Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt, the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book, were present for the event. StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults alike to enjoy reading and outdoors at the same time. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Monpeilier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. BPL’s StoryWalk® was in partnership with the Scott Family Amazeum and Englander dzignpak.

Special Event Flyers

StoryWalk® Debut

Kids Can Draw

Notable Books

Picture Factory

Middle School

College Writing

Featured Presenters

Karen Akins

Young Adult Author

James Babb


Alene Betts (left)


Mary Casanova


Thomas Cochran


Laura Betts Coello (right)


Rich Davis


Napoleon Dezaldivar

Artist & Educator

Kristin Gray


Alan Gratz


Ard Hoyt


Susan Knapps


Sue Parsons


Renita Schmidt


Roland Smith


Maiya Williams


Janet Wong

Author & Poet


Student Portal

Link to Biographies, Lesson Plans & More on BPL's Student Portal

Children's Book Week

Bentonville's Youth Literature Festival is recognized as an "official event" to kick-off this year's annual Children's Book Week celebration.


Media Links

BYLF3 Announcement

BYLF3 Special Events

BYLF3 Celebrates Diversity

BYLF3 Writing Workshops

BYLF3 Art Workshops

BYLF3 Full Schedule

Children's Book Week

BYLF3 Recap

BYLF3 eNewsletter 4/12

BYLF3 eNewsletter 4/26

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Partners, Supporters & Friends | 2017

Festival Partners

Friends of the Bentonville Library

Bentonville Public Schools

Rotary Club of Bentonville

Festival Supporters

Barnes & Noble, Rogers

The Peel Compton Foundation


Festival Friends

Children's Book Week

Englander dzignpak

Farmers Insurance: Shelley M Parsons Agency

Scott Family Amazeum




Festival Leadership | 2017

Festival Co-Chair

Bethany Culpepper
Festival Co-Founder & Volunteer

Festival Co-Chair

Katie Gottlieb
Library Advisory Board & Volunteer

Festival Coordinator

Hadi Dudley, Library Director


Planning & Programming

Chair: Sue Ann Pekel

Sarah Gowdy

Marketing & Media

Heather Hays

Kayla Thornton

Dalene Schrier

Michelle Vargas


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