Telling Kentucky's Story

2018 KBF School Days

2018 Kentucky Book Festival

School Days

November 12-16, 2018


FREE, but application is required

Please note that applications are no longer being accepted. 

We have reached capacity in all regions.

The Kentucky Book Fair is expanding in 2018 to a week-long festival. The 8th Annual Kids Day will also change. Previously students joined us at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Now, five of our popular authors are headed to ten rural schools throughout the Commonwealth the week of November 12-16.

Priority will be given to schools that meet the following criteria: 

  • Population of town is less than 15,000
  • School free/reduced lunch rate exceeds 60%
  • No flagship university in your community
Please note: Authors can present to only one school per county. They will present for an hour and a half with a set number of students (90 minimum to 125 maximum). Authors will work with your students through interactive activities about writing and reading. All participating schools will receive a copy of the presenting author's book for their library.

Thanks to the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation for sponsoring the 2018 KBF School Days. Their support allows us to share the love of reading and writing with students throughout the state.

2018 KBF School Days will include the following authors:

Monday, November 12Kristin O'Donnell Tubb will be available to visit two schools in the Western Region aimed at grades 6-8. See map below. 

About the Author: Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of the middle grades novels A Dog Like DaisyJohn Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy, The 13th SignSelling Hope, and Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. She likes writing because it's kind of like being in school but better -- all of the research and none of the quizzes! She lives in Tennessee with her family. 

About the presentation: 
"Everyone's a Writer," an inspirational presentation about goal-setting and getting your dreams on paper to make them more real NOW.

Tuesday, November 13Amanda Driscoll will be available to visit two schools in the North Central Region aimed at grades K-5. See map below.
About the Author: Amanda Driscoll is a graphic designer and children's book author/illustrator. Books she has written and illustrated include Duncan the Story DragonWally Does Not Want a Haircut, and Klondike Do Not Eat Those Cupcakes!  She lives in Prospect, Kentucky.

About the presentation: 
Don't Give Up! The journey from dreamer to published author, turning an idea into a published picture book, and the ups-and-downs along the way.

Wednesday, November 14Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe will be available to visit two schools in the Northeastern Region aimed at grades 6-8. See map below. 
About the Authors: Husband-and-wife writing team Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe are the co-authors of The Supernormal Sleuthing Service books for readers in middle grades. Gwenda is also the author of several young adult novels, including the Lois Lane and Cirque American trilogies. Christopher Rowe is the author of the short story collection Telling the Map, and is a contributor to the popular Wild Cards series, edited by George R. R. Martin. They live in Lexington, Kentucky.
Go to Gwenda's website!               Go to Chris' website!

About the presentation: The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1: The Lost Legacy - 
Gwenda and Chris take you inside the world of their hilarious and spooky Supernormal Sleuthing Service series! Three kids. A hotel full of monsters. And a stolen magical artifact that could disrupt the balance between the humans and the supernatural. Welcome to life at Hotel Monster! Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library meets Hotel Transylvania in the first book of this hilarious and spooky new series that blends mystery with monsters. 

Thursday, November 15Debbie Dadey will be available to visit two schools in the Southeast Region aimed at grades K-5. See map below.

About the Author: Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children's book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband and dog in Sevierville, Tennessee.

About the presentation: "A Bad Day" - Debbie captures students attention with the story of how she began writing about a bad day. She shares where she gets ideas, how she works with a co-author, illustrators, and editors. She discusses what it is like to write stories with her children and her dogs! Debbie requires a microphone and A/V equipment for a visual presentation.

Friday, November 16, Jessica Young will be available to visit to schools in the South Central Region aimed at grades K-5. See map below.

About the Author: Jessica Young grew up in Ontario, Canada. When she was little, she wanted to be a tap-dancing flight attendant/veterinarian, but she’s changed her mind! Jessica is the author of the award-winning My Blue is Happy, the Haggis and Tank Unleashed early chapter book series, the Finley Flowers chapter book series, Spy Guy the Not-So-Secret Agent, and Play this Book and Pet this Book. She lives with her family in Tennessee.
Go to Jessica's website!

About the presentation: Jessica Young was a teacher for twenty years and will work with teachers/library media specialists to tailor presentations and workshops to best suit the need of each school. Various presentations include: author background, the writing and publishing process, writing tools (literary devices and more), story structures, revision, writing tips, and Q&A.

Please note that applications are no longer being accepted in the South Central Region, The Western Region, and the Southeast Region. Capacity has been reached in those areas.

Application for 2018 KBF School Days opens on August 13, 2018 and closes when capacity is reached. All educators will be notified as to whether they have been approved for an author visit by September 15, 2018.