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School Days Program

As part of the Kentucky Book Festival, the School Days Program brings authors to dozens of schools across Kentucky to meet students in an exciting, interactive learning experience. Each student receives a signed book from the author to add to their reading collections at home. Schools awarded incur no charges for these visits thanks to support from our sponsors.

The application form below should be completed by teachers, library media specialists, or administrators who wish to host one of the authors available to do an in-person presentation at their school. Authors will present for 45 minutes to one hour, including Q&A with students. A representative from the school(s) granted visits must be available as liaison to organize the program for their students (up to 150 students per school; you may combine grade levels) and accept shipments of books.

School Days Authors

JESSICA  
YOUNG

Grades 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd

Book: All Paws on Deck

Region:  West  

Dates: Mar 20-23; 27-31
Apr 3-4; 11-28

AMANDA 
DRISCOLL

Grades 1st and/or 2nd

Book: Duncan the Story Dragon

Region: North Central

Dates: Feb 13-28 
Mar 1-3; 21, 27, 29
Apr 3-28

BRITTANY J. THURMAN

Grades 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd  

Book: Fly

Region: North Central 

Dates: Feb-all Tue, Thu, & Fri
Mar 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 28
Apr/May-all Tue, Thu & Fri

WILL HILLENBRAND

Grades 1st and/or 2nd

Book: Spring is Here (Bear & Mole story)

Region: Northeast

Dates: Feb 14-28
Mar 1, 2, 7-13, 17-31
Apr 3-19, 24-28

NANCY KELLY ALLEN
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Grades 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd  

Book: Dear Komodo Dragon

Region: Southeast

Dates: Feb 14-17, 23,24,28
Mar 1, 3, 7-9; 14-17; 22-24; 28-31
Apr 4-7; 11-14; 18-21; 25-28

SHAWN
PRYOR
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Grades 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th  

Book: The Gamer series

Region: South Central

Dates: Mar 1-22; 27-31
Apr 3-28

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Sponsors

Sponsors

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels supports 2023 author visits and book giveaways as part of the KBF School Days program. The Kentucky Colonels is an organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state. 

The Kentucky Book Festival is proud to be a Library of Congress Center for the Book Affiliate. The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which also administers the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, and poetry and literature. The affiliated Centers for the Book bring the national Center’s message of the importance of books and reading to audiences nationwide. Learn more here.

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