PALESTINE, Texas (April 19, 2017) – Calling all comic book fans! The Palestine Library’s Youth Services Department is holding a comic book contest in celebration of the second annual Dogwood Children’s Literacy and Art Festival, set for June 10.
Continuing through May 15, children in kindergarten through 12th grade, can submit their best comic book or graphic novel idea. One winner will have his or her story illustrated by children’s book illustrator John Manders, the featured guest at this year’s Dogwood Children’s Literacy and Art Festival.
Manders is a celebrated illustrator of over 30 children’s books including, “Where’s My Mummy?” “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians,” and “Jack and the Giant Barbecue.” He will be present during an author dinner on June 9 and for the festival on the Anderson County Courthouse square on June 10.
“Mr. Manders is very excited and honored to join us this year,” Jamie King, Youth Services Librarian, said. “This festival is one of my favorite events of the year. The United Way along with Palestine Public Library are very passionate about literacy and I personally love children’s book illustrations. Illustration brings a whole new meaning and understanding of the written word and Mr. Manders does this quite comically through his many children’s books.”
The comic book contest will have three divisions, K-4th grade, 5th – 8th grade, and 9th – 12th grade. Winners from each division will be selected for the grand prize and receive two tickets for a “Dinner with John” on June 9. Manders will select and reveal the grand prize winner at the dinner.
Book templates are currently available at the library’s Youth Services Department.
The festival is in its second year and is a collaboration between the Palestine Public Library, the Palestine Library Friends, and the United Way of East-Central Texas. This year, the festival moves to the Anderson County Courthouse square where games, readings and fun will be on hand. Also new this year will be a costume contest on the courthouse lawn. The contest is open to all ages, and will celebrate characters from Manders’ books. The library has a display and collection of his books available for inspiration.