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Fifteen National, Local Authors and Illustrators on Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Agenda Oct. 11-13

Sheboygan, Wis. –  Sept. 16, 2013 – The 4th annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival—Wisconsin’s only free, public children’s book festival—has secured 15 national and local authors and illustrators for the event scheduled Oct. 11-13. These acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators will be on hand over that three-day October weekend to meet with festival participants, and host readings, demonstrations, writing and poetry workshops, art-making sessions and book signings at three different locations in Sheboygan: Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Bookworm Gardens.

This year’s theme, “The Ways of Looking,” will challenge children to notice the details, and what those observations can offer in how we view people, places, everyday objects, art and ideas.

Capturing this theme and the festival planning committee’s eye, is Green Bay native and Madison resident
David McLimans, who was selected as the festival’s poster artist. McLimans is well known for his political cartoons and editorial illustrations for The Progressive magazine, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly. He began authoring children’s books later in his career, publishing his first picture book “Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet,” which was named one of the “best illustrated children’s books” by the New York Times in 2006, and the next year received the prestigious Caldecott Honor Medal.

Joining McLimans at the festival will be several other nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators. For a complete
list of participants and their background, please visit: http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/authors-illustrators-presenters/

Events:
In addition to the author and illustrator presentations, this year’s SCBF has many activities planned for young festival-goers and their families. Locations, dates and times can be found on the festival’s website.  

Bedtime stories & concert
Kids can attend in their pajamas to enjoy a performance by author, illustrator, singer/songwriter Barney Saltzberg.

Collectible author & illustrator trading cards
New this year, special collectible trading cards for each of this year’s authors and illustrators, who will also autograph them for attendees. Trading cards will be handed out after each program.

Halloween Dance Party
Author Charlotte Gunnufson will read from her new picture book, Halloween Hustle, then teach the simple dance steps to this and other fun Halloween boogies.

Art-making workshops
Make art with Caldecott winning illustrators Eric Rohmann, Paul O. Zelinsky and graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.

Kamishibai – the art of Japanese storytelling
Join storyteller Genevieve Waller for a hands-on workshop to illustrate and tell a traditional folk tale in the kamishibai style.

Schmooze with favorite book characters!
Skippyjon Jones, Corduroy, and everybody’s favorite Pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake will be visiting the book festival venues.

Writing workshop for kids
This writing workshop with author Stephanie Golightly Lowden will look at writing about a familiar place with new eyes.

For more information, visit:  sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org or visit their Facebook Page.  Also on Twitter @bookfest4kids

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jo Ann Dent
childrensbookfest@gmail.com /920-912-2309

Stephanie Dlugopolski
sdlugopolski@johnsonville.com / 920-889-0782

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