Celebrating Reading, Writing & Creativity

April 27 + 28, 2018

Brief Biographies of our Featured Presenters!

Get a Sneak Peek of the Festival Sessions!

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

Bentonville's 4th Annual Youth Literature Festival is now a 2-day celebration!!! School visits for local students on Friday with festival presentations at Bentonville Public Library and Old High Middle School Auditorium on Saturday. Check back for more details and a full schedule!


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 Partners

Bentonville Schools

Bentonville Schools, ESL Center

Soapbox Influencer Marketing


Festival Supporters

Barnes & Noble, Rogers

Festival Friends



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

Michelle Fittro

Heather Hays

Bentonville Schools, Library Liaison

Kimberly Moss

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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