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The Children's Literature Festival Committee is responsible for organizing the festival each year. Most of the committee members have been on the committee for several years because they love seeing students and authors interact on the day of the festival.

If you would like to get involved in the festival there are two different ways.

1. Join the committee.

2. Volunteer to help the on day of the festival. Volunteers can work all day, or part of a day. They get to meet the authors as most of our volunteers work in one of the authors rooms.

If you are interested you can contact Rebecca at


Rebecca Crowder

Committee Chair and


Author Lodging and Dinner

After 22 years, Rebecca has retired from teaching. She is a voracious reader and loves getting to be a part of bringing authors and students together.


Jessica Crowder

Historian, Registration

Author Lodging and Dinner

Jessica is an assistant teacher at Cox Day Care. She has participated in the lit fest for many years and loves seeing the excitement of the students when they arrive on campus. She has also begun her own business and donates part of her proceeds to lit fest from the sale of themed bracelets. She loves making jewelry, traveling, and reading.

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Emily Alexander

Secretary, Autograph Party

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Sue Charles


Sue is a vital part of the committee as the steward of our finances. She has been a part of Lit Fest for many years.


Ruth Spargo

Autograph Party

Ruth Spargo retired as librarian at Galena (MO) Elementary.  The next year she began subbing in Springfield Public Schools libraries.  She has now subbed in the library of every school (all levels) in the SPS system.  She claims that subbing in school libraries is almost as good as grandparenting—spending time with kids and books—and then getting to walk away from the responsibilities!


Judith John

MSU Liason



Judith is an English Professor at Missouri State University. Her interests include children's and adolescent literature and fantasy. She is also an author, having written Dragons I Have Known.


Linda Knight

Author Contact


Linda is a retired librarian with 30 years in the education field. She and her husband live on a farm in Galena. Linda has two children and five grandchildren. She has served on numerous committees at the local and state level of the Missouri Association of Librarians.


Dea Borneman

Committee Chair and


Dea is a unit head at the MSU Libraries and a professor in the Library and Information Science department at Missouri State University.  She is an advisor for the Children’s and Young Adult Review Board of Missouri and enjoys sharing the love of reading whenever she can. When not reading, she enjoys music, travel, and spending time at the lake.

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Hilary Montgomery

Volunteers, Fundraising

Hilary is invested in finding ways to help improve the Springfield community. She is always looking for new ways to do this and to share her love of all things nerdy."

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Clyta DeWitt

Book Sales

Clyta is a member of the team at the MSU Bookstore and continues that role with the committee. She arranges for the authors books to be available at the festival and the autograph party.


Committee Member

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