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Authors In Schools

Since the inaugural Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, presenters have visited over 50 classrooms in six area elementary, middle, and high schools. In 2017, over 1,400 students in Harbor Springs, Alanson, Pellston, and Petoskey schools, as well as at North Central Michigan College, were able to hear from presenters that are the very best in their craft, from New York Times bestsellers, to a Newbery Medal-winning writer.

Students participate in drawing and writing activities, engage literacy and reading through creative projects, and hear authors read and discuss the crafts of illustration, writing, and revision.

Authors in Schools is made possible through the support of local teachers and administrators, the Youth Advisory Committee of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and our many school visit volunteers. Thank you to all who help celebrate the culture of books with our children and youth!


Books for Schools Fund

The Festival is committed to meeting children in their classrooms where the highest number of students have the opportunity to engage in creative conversations with the presenters. Students hear the importance of brainstorming, revision, character, setting, dialogue, which reinforces and reinvigorates the learning that has been taking place in the classroom. When the Festival is able to give children a book they can call their own and it is personally signed by the author, it now becomes more personal, powerful and helps children see the ways in which stories are treasures and reading is the key to unlocking them.

Our goal is to provide books to the students our authors and illustrators visit during the Festival. We have created a Books for Schools fund to support this program and welcome your designated donations.