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Press Release Fun: Rabbit Hill Festival

Hey! Hey hey. If I say to you the words "Rabbit Hill Festival" what comes to mind?  Rabbits.  Hills.  Does a little book called Rabbit Hill also come to mind?  Won a Newbery? Was written by Robert Lawson? Well it should because, friends, there is in Westport, Connecticut a little festival, "named to honor Robert Lawson, the only author/illustrator to win both the Caldecott and Newbery Medals for excellence in children’s illustration and literature." I did not know that.

Each year the good folks of the Westport Library system come up with a theme related to Mr. Lawson’s work, and this year that theme is "focusing on writers of creative biography and historical events for students in middle school."  So what’s their line-up?  Only Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Tonya Bolden, Candace Fleming, Dennis Fradin, Judith Fradin, and Gary D. Schmidt.  Now THAT’s what I call a line-up. 

Interested? Register away. You may never see the heavyweights of non-fiction juvenile literature together in the same place at the same time like this again.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Rabbit Hill is just about the only animal story that I have liked. Just about.

  2. Laura DElia says:

    I’ve been to the Rabbit Hill Festival for the last 4 years. It’s an excellent children’s literature festival and they always have great authors/illustrators. And for those of you on a budget, they allow you to name your own registration price. Sign up early!

  3. Westport Library says:

    For easy registration, just go to You will see it right on the splash page.

  4. Susan Thomsen says:

    This is an excellent festival! I’ve been several times. Be sure to sign up for the Weston Woods tour. Fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the place.

    Come on out to Westport, Betsy!

  5. I would, darlin’, but life is a bit kooky at the moment. I’ll be there in spirit, certainly.