Young Readers Festival


Herrera Entertains Students During Virtual 2021 Festival of Books

Juan Felipe Herrera and other young readers authors were featured in virtual school visits during the Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books.

The 2021 Young Readers One Book South Dakota Imagine/Imagina, written by Herrera and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. SDHC created a Spanish/English special edition, distributed to 10,000 young readers in South Dakota.  Herrera, the United States Poet Laureate from 2015-2017, is an eloquent linguist whose collaboration with Caldecott Honoree Castillo on Imagine has been lauded by critics. Watch him discuss his work with students in the video to the right.

SDHC created the Young Readers Initiative, an extension of the established and successful South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota programs, in 2014 to excite children about books.