Reading And Writing Festival

Sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact, the Festival takes place at Kent State University in May every year for 7th and 8th grade students from local schools. The May 5, 2021 Festival featuring author April Henry has unfortunately been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. In a normal year, students will get to meet the guest author and participate in sessions involving book cover art, drama, poetry, and various writing contests, all pertaining to the Festival Books. Students also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional storyteller and author Kevin Cordi, who leads a storytelling workshop session during the Festival. See bottom of page for contact info and Festival details.

April Henry is the author of many mystery-thrillers for teens, including Girl Stolen, The Night She Disappeared, Run Hide Fight Back, and the two titles featured for the Festival below. Visit her website for more information about her books and her life as a writer: The most up-to-date information can be found on Facebook (@AprilHenry) and Twitter (@aprilhenrybooks).

Learn more about the Festival book authors by clicking on their names below. All of the Festival books are available at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (click on a book cover picture to go to our catalog for each book) and at other local public libraries, as well as at your school library.

2021 Reading and Writing Festival Books 


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The girl I Used To Be by April Henry

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Solo by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess

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The Body in the Woods by April Henry

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Warcross by Marie Lu

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I'm Not Dying Tonight, by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

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The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones



The Festival is also open to any adult (parent, librarian, educator or community member) who wishes to celebrate the importance of reading and writing to the quality of life. Donations are welcome and checks should be made payable to Hudson City Schools, 2386 Hudson-Aurora Rd, Hudson, OH 44236

The fee to attend the festival is $12 per student in a Six District Compact school and $17 per student from a non-Compact school.

Here's what students have said about previous Festivals:

  • "It was so much fun--I made new friends."
  • "It was very cool being able to meet the author."
  • "I liked the whole atmosphere of being at the college and mingling with other students."
  • "It was fun acting out the stories."
  • "The entire experience was perfect!"
  • "It's great fun and exciting!"
  • "It was fun working with people from other schools."
  • "I enjoyed the Festival greatly and plan to return next year!"

For more information on the Festival, contact the Festival Director, Mary Jane Stanchina, at the Six District Compact: (330) 655-2247. For questions concerning this webpage, contact Stow-Munroe Falls Teen Librarian Christina Getrost at (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 or via email: teenlibrarian AT