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Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Announces Fall Dates, Caldecott-Winner as Poster Artist

Sheboygan, Wis. –  May 9, 2013 – The 4th annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival—Wisconsin’s only free, public children’s book festival—will return Oct. 11-13 with another stellar group of national and local authors and illustrators. 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 several locations in Sheboygan.

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 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.

McLimans wrote and illustrated two additional picture books: Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers, and Big Turtle. The author/illustrator now resides in Madison. The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival poster art will be unveiled during National Children’s Book Week, May 13-19, 2013.

Joining McLimans at the festival will be other nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators. To date, seven others have been confirmed and include:

-PAUL O. ZELINSKY: Received the Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. He is the illustrator of Z Is For Moose, called one of the best picture books of 2012 by the New York Times Book Review.

-ERIC ROHMANN: His first book was the wordless time-travel adventure, Time Flies, which won the Caldecott Honor. His other books include My Friend Rabbit, for which he won the Caldecott Medal. He has written and illustrated many other award-winning books for children, including: The Cinder-Eyed Cats and Bone Dog, and he is the illustrator of Oh, No!, by Candace Fleming.

-BETSY LEWIN: She’s garnered many awards for her illustrations, including a Caldecott Honor for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.  Known for her humorous illustration style, her other books include Dooby Dooby Moo, and Cowgirl Kate And Cocoa.

-AMY TIMBERLAKE: Has written novels for middle-school age readers and a picture book for younger children.  Her latest book, One Came Home, takes place in Wisconsin in 1871. Her other books for young readers are That Girl Lucy Moon and The Dirty Cowboy.

-LAURA LEE GULLEDGE: Is a writer, artist, and educator currently based in Brooklyn. Her debut graphic novel, Page by Paige, was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and was the only graphic novel nominated in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2012 Teen Top Ten.  Her newest graphic novel is Will & Whit.

-JENNIFER RUSH: Is the author of the suspenseful young adult novel Altered and the futuristic middle grade novel Bot Wars, written under the name J.V. Kade.

-BOB RACZKA: Is a former advertising writer who began writing books for children after his first child was born. His books include the ongoing series, Bob Raczka’s Adventures in Art and the poetry books Guyku: A Year Of Haiku For Boys, Lemonade (And Other Poems Squeezed From A Single Word) and Joy In Mudville: A Casey Sequel.

For more information, visit:  http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org.

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

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


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