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Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival Announces Four More Authors and Illustrators for 3rd Annual Event Oct. 12-14

Steven Kellogg, Sarah Weeks, Nina Crews, and Dan Yaccarino join this year’s slate of presenters

Sheboygan, Wis. – June 4, 2012 – The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival welcomes four more outstanding authors and illustrators to this year’s 3rd annual event.  Noted authors and illustrators Steven Kellogg, Sarah Weeks, Nina Crews and Dan Yaccarino join previously announced author James Kennedy at this year’s celebration of books and reading that takes place Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14 at three Sheboygan venues: the Mead Public Library, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Bookworm Gardens. 

The three-day festival features readings, demonstrations, school visits, workshops, illustrator open studio sessions, book signings and more.  The theme for this year’s children’s book festival is Family, giving festival goers the opportunity to hear authors and illustrators speak about how family has played a role in their works.

Joining this year’s slate of authors and illustrators are:

  • Steven Kellogg, acclaimed and beloved illustrator and author of more than one hundred picture books including, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, Pinkerton, Behave!, and Is Your Mama a Llama? He has also created adaptations of numerous fairy tales (Chicken Little, The Three Little Pigs) and tall tales (Paul Bunyon, Mike Fink.)  He is the recipient of the prestigious Regina Medal for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature and his books have received numerous accolades, including the Jo Osborne Award for Humor in Children’s Literature.
  • Sarah Weeks, author of more than 50 picture books and novels (Pie, So B. It) for children and young adults, the Regular Guy series for middle-grade readers, the popular Mrs. McNosh picture books and Crocodile Smile (illustrated by Wisconsin’s own Lois Ehlert.)  In addition to her novels and picture books, she is the author of several I Can Read Books for beginning readers (Mac and Cheese, Baa-Choo!, Pip Squeak and Drip, Drop.)
  • Nina Crews, critically acclaimed children's book author and illustrator who uses photographs and photo collages to create energetic stories about young children, often in urban settings.  Her award-winning books include One Hot Summer Day, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Sky-High Guy. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews and Ann Jonas.
  • Dan Yaccarino, author and illustrator of bold, stylized picture books (Trashy Town, Five Little Pumpkins, Lawn to Lawn, All The Way to America) and the creator and producer of the Parent's Choice Award-winning animated TV series Oswald and Emmy-winning Willa's Wild Life, and creator of the character designs for the pre-school TV series, The Backyardigans.  He has illustrated books by prestigious authors Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes, and Patricia MacLachlan and his art has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Rome.

Previously announced author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd Fish) will bring a special screening of his 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to this year’s Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.  Additional festival authors and illustrators will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is a fun, free event for the whole family that celebrates books and the joy of reading, with opportunities to make art with famous illustrators, attend writing workshops, listen to authors and illustrators talk about their work and find out what inspires them,” says Jo Ann Dent, co-chair of the organizing committee. 

Authors and illustrators will sign books after their presentations and festival bookseller and sponsor Apple Blossom Books (Oshkosh) will donate a portion of book sale proceeds to benefit the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.

For more information about the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, call Mead Public Library at 920-459-3400, ext. 3404 or visit http://SheboyganChildrensBookFestival.org.


About the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is presented by community volunteers and these local organizations who believe in the transformative power of reading and the literary and visual arts: the Mead Public Library, the Eastern Shores Library System, the Sheboygan Area and Kohler school districts, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, and Bookworm Gardens.

The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is funded in part by grants from the Kohler Foundation, Inc., the Bemis Family Foundation, the Garton Family Foundation, the Mead Public Library Foundation, and the Sheboygan Service Club Foundation.  In-kind support is provided by Dynamic Inc. and the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County.


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Steven Kellogg (high resolution photo available on request.)




Sarah Weeks (high resolution photo available on request.)




Nina Crews (high resolution photo available on request.)




Dan Yaccarino (high resolution photo available on request.)



Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival:  http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org

Mead Public Library:  www.meadpubliclibrary.org

John Michael Kohler Arts Center:  www.jmkac.org

Bookworm Gardens:  http://www.bookwormgardens.org


Contact Information:

Jo Ann Dent, Co-chair
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival

Karin Menzer, Co-chair
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
920-459-3400 ext. 3404



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