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The Melissa Elementary Reading Festival returns the evening of Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, as part of an ongoing initiative at Melissa Schools to cultivate a love of reading in all students and “grow through the pages”. Open to the community, the two-hour festival will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Harry McKillop Elementary, located at 3509 Liberty Way, Melissa, TX 75454.

Families can meet and get autographs from children’s book authors Patricia Vermillion (“Hound Dawg”, “Texas Chili? Oh My!”) and Cynthia Wildridge (“Bun E. Boniface” series), both of whom will give presentations. The festival will feature literacy activities for the whole family, a helicopter landing, food trucks, and performances by the Melissa Middle School theatre program. Below are some of the groups participating in the event.

School & Community Organizations:

  • Melissa Education Foundation
  • Elementary School PTOs
  • Melissa Public Library
  • North Texas Warrior Golf Association

Food Trucks:

  • Kona Ice
  • Pops & Pastries
  • Hollis BBQ
  • Costa Vida

The Melissa Elementary Reading Festival is geared toward students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, but all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. The festival is a come-and-go event, and some activities will follow a schedule. The schedule of events will be posted prior to the festival on the Melissa ISD website at, and will be shared on the Melissa ISD app and social media. The links below can be used to save the date.