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. Virtual School Days visits for first and second grade students with authors Jessica Young, Shawn Pryor, or Amanda Driscoll will be available from March-May 2021. Read more about each author and apply for a visit below. Priority will be given to schools with a free/reduced lunch rate of 60% or more. Please plan for 100 or more students to participate (combine grade levels, such as first and second grades, if necessary). Schools awarded incur no charges for these visits.

Note: All virtual programs for March – May 2021 have been scheduled. Please check back in August for information about Fall School Days Programs. We hope to provide in-person School Days visits for additional grade levels in October and November. 

The application form should be completed by teachers, library media specialists, or administrators who wish to host one of the authors available to do a virtual presentation between March 1-May 31, 2021. 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 virtual call for their students (up to 150 students per school) and accept shipments of books.


Jessica Young

Haggis & Tank series


Shawn Pryor

Aim High


Amanda Driscoll

Duncan the Story Dragon



The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation supports 2021 author visits and book giveaways, both in-person and virtually, as part of the School Days program. The purpose of the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation is to make grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that administer programs and projects within Elsa’s guidelines of interest in the tri-state areas of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Learn more on their website. The Face It ® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched in April 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities. Learn more on their website. Special thanks to former board member Thomas H. Appleton for his donation to this program.

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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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Take a look at the guidelines on the Author Application Form (see button below), and submit book info to attend the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival. Authors have the chance to network, meet plenty of fans, and sign books for the thousands of guests at the event. If you’re not located in Kentucky or writing about Kentucky, that’s ok too: in 2019, authors traveled from 22 states to join the fun.

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