The UNESCO City of Literature’s annual Children’s Literature Festival, One Book Two Book, announced that the event will be held February 26-28, 2021 virtually. While the festival will not be held in-person it has introduced a new way for families and children to engage with the event while supporting the festival and the local bookstores through a Kid’s Book Box delivered to homes.

The One Book Two Book Kid’s Book Box is supported by GreenState Credit Union and will include a curated selection of books & book reading accessories from local bookstores Prairie Lights Books, The Haunted Bookshop, and Sidekick Coffee & Books. It is offered in three age-specific boxes 0-3, 4-6, and 7-10, which attendees can select at the time of purchase. In addition to the selected books & accessories, each book box includes coloring pages, arts & crafts kits, and bookmarks from the Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa City Public Library, Coralville Public Library, North Liberty Public Library, and Iowa City Parks & Recreation.

The One Book Two Book Kid’s Book Box supported by GreenState Credit Union is offered in three age-specific boxes 0-3, 4-6 & 7-10Each box is $50.

  • Ages 0-3
    • Red House Tree House Little Bitty Brown Mouse, Godwin, Jane from Prairie Lights Books
    • A board book about colors, numbers, letters, and animals from Haunted Bookshop
    • Sometimes You Fly, Katherin Applegate -illustrated by local illustrator Jennifer Black Reinhardt from Sidekick Coffee & Books
  • Ages 7-10
    • The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog And Other How-To Poems, Janeczko, Paul B from Prairie Lights Books
    • Act out your own story with finger puppets & one used age-specific book from Haunted Bookshop
    • Malamander, Thomas Taylor & a set of i-clips magnetic bookmarks from  Sidekick Coffee & Books

Each box will be delivered in the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty area for free during the week of February 22-26th or are available to be shipped for $10. PURCHASE YOUR BOX HERE

The Mission of the One Book Two Book Festival:

Recognizing and celebrating this talent is a big reason behind the City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival. Like traditional festivals, it offers the chance for attendees — in this case, children and their families — to hear from published authors about their work. But more important is its ultimate goal: to champion writing by children.