Reading & Writing Festival

Sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact, the Festival takes place annually at Kent State University in May and is for 7th and 8th grade students from local schools.  Students 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 Festival contact information.

Our guest author this year is Scott Reintgen (pronounced "Rankin"), who is the author of Ashlords, Blood Sworn, the Nyxia trilogy, and the Talespinners trilogy for younger readers. Visit his website for more information about his books and his life as a writer: Follow him on Twitter (@Scott_Thought) and on Instagram (@reintgen).

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 and at other local public libraries, as well as at your school library.

2022 Reading and Writing Festival

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen  

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Saving Red by Sonya Sones

Dry by Neal Shusterman

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Project 1065 by Alan Gratz

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