Young Readers Festival

Young Readers Festival of Books

Below is information about the 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive information about the 2019 event in Rapid City and Deadwood. 

'The Infamous Ratsos'

The 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books celebrated five years of building enthusiasm for reading and writing among youth with school visits and public presentations in Sioux Falls and Brookings in September 2018. 

Young Readers One Book author Kara LaReau led the lineup, speaking in person to at least 3,000 of the almost 7,000 third-graders statewide who received a bind-in of the first two stories in her "The Infamous Ratsos" series. Other featured books and authors included the following:

  • For young children – "The World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings" by Emmy Award-winning ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and South Dakota author Joseph Bottum
  • For middle graders – "The Girl with More than One Heart" by publisher/editor/author Laura Geringer Bass
  • For teens and young adults – "Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Rebel Suffragist" by YA biographer Angelica Shirley Carpenter

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Kara LaReau is the 2018 Young Readers One Book South Dakota author.

Kara LaReau was the 2018 Young Readers One Book South Dakota author.


Download the YR Parent Guide

Interested in finding out more about the annual Young Readers Festival of Books? To get a better idea of what the event entails, click below to download the 2018 Young Readers Festival of Books Parent Guide.