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IN THE 2019


The mission of Denver’s Children’s Festival of Stories is to promote literacy, celebrate children’s books and share the joys of reading. Through this event, we aim to provide literacy experiences for young readers, offering them opportunities to engage with all of you Authors, Illustrators and Storytellers.

We have committed to keeping this a FREE event in order to provide access to all children.

This year we are incorporating an Around the World of Stories theme into the festival.

Each child who attends the festival will receive an Around the World of Stories passport.

The passport will include a space for each author, illustrator, event, and activity that is being presented at the festival.

Kids are encouraged to travel around the world of the festival to meet all the authors and illustrators and

get their passport stamped each time they visit a new author, or participate in an activity or event.

We are hoping the passport will help put kids in front of authors and illustrators and show them that they all have a story to tell and are capable of telling their own stories if that is something they want to do.


 This form will help us schedule events & appearances 
for the Evening of Story & the day of the Children's Festival of Stories.

Please refer to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS area at the bottom of this page to gather

more information about your participation in the festival if you are accepting our invitation!

Official acceptance to participate at the Evening of Stories, and the Children's Festival of Stories must be given by:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2019


What are the expectations if I accept?

Authors/Illustrators will be are invited to attend a  Educator/Librarian meet and greet  Friday March 22nd, 2019 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

All participants are expected to be available to the public for signing books and interacting with the community from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 23rd, 2019, unless arranged in advance with Festival organizers.

Anyone participating in the Festival must be comfortable with crowds and mingling with the public and the media.

Some participating authors may be invited to be part of a middle reader panel, or a picture/board book storytelling panel. 

What does the Festival Provide for me?

A honorarium.

Travel expenses up to $500 (itinerary & receipt must be submitted for reimbursement)

Hotel Accommodations for the evenings of March 22nd & 23rd at the

Hilton Garden Inn Arvada.

Lite Fare & Beverages on the evening of the 22nd for the Evening of Stories.

Dinner will be provided after the Evening of Story for those authors & illustrators who would like to join.


Continental Breakfast & Lunch Saturday, March 23rd during the festival.

A festival bag with everything you need for the day of the Children's Festival of Stories.

Items will include:

- Sharpie

- Stamp for passports

- Signage of your headshot and your current book

we are promoting at the festival

- Water & Snacks

- Other fun items 

What is the Evening of Story?

The Evening of Story is a celebration of children's literature, those who create the books we love, and those who get them into the hands of children.  We will be inviting various Educators and Librarians to come to this evening before the festival to meet YOU, the Authors & Illustrators of their favorite books.


The evening will include book signings, mingling, raffle drawings, a festival preview

and discounted purchases for all attendees!

We will be providing food, and there will be drinks for purchase.

Each Author and Illustrator will receive a ticket for their first beverage of choice.

What is the Tunes & Tales interview?

Tunes & Tales is a radio show featured on 88.9 KRFC in Colorado. The show airs every other Sunday at 6PM MST. This show is written and produced for kids by Kristen Olsen. On this show kids hear stories read out-loud by published picture book, middle grade and

YA authors.

Each interview will last 20 Minutes

For Picture Book authors/illustrators Kristen will need a digital copy of their recorded book with written permission to play on air.

(She can send an example and work with you on getting permission from your publisher if needed.)

If you don't have a recorded book you will be recorded reading from your book with Kristen.

For Middle Reader authors/illustrators you'll be recorded reading a passage from your book.

Following the reading, Kristen will conduct an interview based on your website and any additional information you’ve provided before the festival.

We will contact you after you've opted to participate in the interview with instructions

regarding where to send your book (recorded or hard copy) and any additional information you want to cover in the interview.

How can I promote the festival on my end?

Use these graphics to post on your social media pages and your own website. We would love your support in helping promote this festival to reach everyone who can attend!

You can download them here:

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