Each spring, this project brings a nationally recognized children’s author to Oxford to visit with 5th grade students. Prior to the author’s visit, JA purchases one of the author’s books for every 5th grade child. JA members deliver and share the book with the students in reading class prior to the festival. Students have the opportunity to read the book and have focus discussions in their classes. The author then comes to speak with the children. Over 1,000 local students attend the Children’s Book Festival. A special THANK YOU to author, Matt de la Peña, for sharing his book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Joe Louis with Oxford and Lafayette county students on March 22, 2018!