April 27 + 28, 2018

Full Event Guide
Short Event Guide
Festival Flyer


Youth Lit Fest Photo Gallery | 2018

Select Photos: Ard Hoyt signs books at BPL; Elephant and Piggie join the festival; Nine-year old Ainsley poses with Mary Casanova; Caroline Tung Richmond visits Bright Field Middles School Library; Kazu Kibuishi presents at Willowbrook Elementary School; Evin Demirel talks with The Men of West; Alan Gratz presents at Washington Junior High School; Rich Davis leads workshop at BPL.


Celebrating Reading, Writing & Creativity

Read about our Featured Presenters!

Ellen Airgood


Karen Akins

Young Adult Author

James Babb


Mary Casanova


Thomas Cochran


Rich Davis


Evin Demirel

Author & Journalist

Kazu Kibuishi

Author, Illustrator & Graphic Novelist

Alan Gratz


Kristin Gray


Ard Hoyt


Caroline Tung Richmond

Young Adult Author

Roland Smith


Janet Wong

Author & Poet

A Growing Festival

Bentonville's 4th Annual Youth Literature Festival is a 2-day celebration with community events at 2 venues on Saturday!!!

  • School visits for local students on Friday
  • Sessions at Old High Middle School Auditorium and Bentonville Public Library on Saturday

Festival Mission

To connect our community with authors and illustrators to spark imagination, inspire young learners and nurture a lifelong love of reading, writing and creativity.


About the Festival

A signature event featuring presentations, workshops, special events, performances, art, book sales, book signings and opportunities to connect with talented authors & illustrators of popular youth literature.

The festival is designed to be free to attendees, with our target audiences being school-age children, teenagers, community families and educators.

Bentonville's Youth Literature Festival is presented by the Bentonville Public Library and the Bentonville Library Foundation.


Partners, Supporters & Friends | 2018

Festival Leadership | 2018

Festival Chair

Bethany Culpepper
Festival Co-Founder
Library Foundation Board Member


Festival Coordinator

Hadi Dudley, Library Director

Finance & Community Partnerships

Teresa Stafford, Library Foundation Director

Planning & Programming

Chair: Sue Ann Pekel

Sarah Gowdy Herford

Denise Estrada

Katie Gottlieb



Marketing & Media

Bethany Stephens, Soapbox Influencer Marketing

Skylar Pannell, Soapbox Influencer Marketing

Michelle Fittro

Bentonville Schools

Kimberly Moss

Leslee Wright

Support Bentonville's Youth Literature Festival

  • Supported by volunteers, grants, private donors, sponsorships, and in-kind gifts.
  • Sponsorship opportunities exist: be a Sponsor, Partner, Supporter or Friend!
  • Give today at bentonvillelibraryfoundation.org, designate "Youth Literature Festival."
  • A portion of Book Sale proceeds support programming at Bentonville Public Library.


BYLF logo designed & donated by local children's book illustrator, Ard Hoyt.

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