Sheboygan Children's Book Festival

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Come to the 5th annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival and be a part of a free public celebration of books and reading featuring author talks, art-making with illustrators, writing workshops, musical entertainment, book sales and signings, plus fun children’s activities and more! Wisconsin’s only children’s book festival is for kids, teens, families, and book lovers of all ages. 

These fabulous creators of books for children and teens will appear October 10-12!

Kevin Henkes
Denise Fleming
Blue Balliett
Peter Brown
Raina Telgemeier
Ann Bausum
Dave Roman
Jesse Klausmeier
Laura Purdie Salas
José-Luis Orozco
Julie Mata
Beth Finke
Terri Murphy
Angie Stanton
Amy Zhang

Schedule Update: Jennifer Holland has had to cancel her appearances on Oct. 11

Learn more about these wonderful Authors/Illustrators and their books, and browse the full schedule of events so you can plan your visit!

The Sheboygan Children's Book Festival is FREE and open to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors and partners. No registration is necessary to attend festival events. Events take place at our three beautiful festival venues in Sheboygan. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Festival Theme: Feed Your Imagination
The 2014 festival will highlight imagination and inspiration in books for children and teens.

Edible Books Contest October 4
It’s our 5th anniversary and we are celebrating with an Edible Books Contest! Your are invited to create a culinary interpretation of any children's or young adult book, book character, or plot, using only edible materials.

Festival Poster Illustration by Denise Fleming: Pre-Order Now!
We are honored to have an illustration from Denise Fleming's picture book underGROUND for our 2014 Sheboygan Children's Book Festival poster! Illustration from underGROUND copyright © 2012 by Denise Fleming. Published by BEACH LANE BOOKS.

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Local Sheboygan Bookseller
Book World in Sheboygan is the 2014 SCBF bookseller and has generously agreed to donate 20% of festival book sale proceeds to benefit future Sheboygan Children's Book Festivals, helping keep this annual community event free and open to all. Book sales and signing events will follow each author/illustrator presentation. If you visit Book World to purchase festival books in advance, please mention the SCBF and your purchase will be included in festival book sales.

Special thanks to our 2014 program moderators:
Mitch Teich
, WUWM - Animal BFFs! with authors Ann Bausum, Jennifer Holland, and Beth Finke

Valerie Pilmaier, UW-Sheboygan - Sergeant Stubby: From Stray Dog to WWI Hero, with author Ann Bausum

Nick Glass, – Four Wisconsin Authors and Their Stories, with authors Angie Stanton, Amy Zhang, Jesse Klausmeier, and Julie Mata

Dyan Barbeau, UW-Sheboygan – When Things Go Wrong: From Stolen Art to Zombies, with authors Blue Balliett and Julie Mata

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Get Involved
Volunteers and supporters make the children's book festival possible. No donation of time or money is too small. Please click here to volunteer and click here to make a donation.

  • " This was awesome! Great glimpse into life of artist."
  • "I really liked the open interaction."
  • "My favorite part was the enthusiasm instilled in my son for books and art! Awesome Day!"