Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival Oct. 12-14 Features Beloved Author, Illustrator Steven Kellogg, Plus Sarah Weeks, Nina Crews, Dan Yaccarino, Brian Lies, and Many More
Full schedule of events with times and locations of appearances by sixteen acclaimed authors, illustrators now available
Sheboygan, Wis. – September 18, 2012 – The 3rd annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival—Wisconsin’s only free, public children’s book festival—welcomes national and local authors and illustrators to this year’s celebration of books for children and young adults. The public is invited to this annual three-day festival to enjoy author talks and readings, art-making with award-winning illustrators, workshops, book signings, a film screening, and more.
The theme of this year’s children’s book festival is family, a theme that dovetails with the opening of the family-themed series of exhibitions at the Kohler Arts Center. Many invited authors and illustrators will speak about how family has influenced their work, including picture book authors and illustrators Nina Crews (The Neighborhood Mother Goose), whose parents are the renowned authors and illustrators Donald Crews (Freight Train) and Ann Jonas (The Quilt) and Edward Hemingway (Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship), who is the grandson of literary icon Ernest Hemingway.
New this year, the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival will host a screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Originated by author James Kennedy, the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival features kid-created videos that condense the entire plot of any Newbery Award book into a video of 90 seconds or less.
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival takes place Friday, October 12 from 4pm – 7pm, Saturday, October 15 from 9:30am – 5:00pm and Sunday, October 16 from 10:30am – 3pm at three Sheboygan locations: Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Bookworm Gardens.
Friday, October 12
The festival kicks off with author and illustrator visits to area schools. After school, author and illustrator Steven Kellogg (Is Your Mama a Llama?, Pinkerton, Behave!) will autograph books at Bookworm Gardens. Mr. Kellogg is the acclaimed creator of more than a hundred picture books and the recipient of the prestigious Regina Medal for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature. Friday evening, the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival screening at the Kohler Arts Center will be hosted by the film festival’s originator, author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd Fish) and his sidekick for the evening, author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino (Trashy Town, Five Little Pumpkins.)
Saturday, October 13
Steven Kellogg, Dan Yaccarino, Nina Crews, Sarah Weeks, James Kennedy, Liz Garton Scanlon, Edward Hemingway, Brian Lies, W.H. Beck, Jacqueline Houtman and teen authors Ilsa J. Bick, Lisa Albert, and Julie Halpern take part in author talks, illustrator open studios, readings, and book signings at Mead Public Library, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Bookworm Gardens.
Other Saturday highlights are art-making sessions with illustrators Dan Yaccarino and Nina Crews, and a conversation about family dynamics in novels for children and teens, moderated by Mitch Teich, Executive Producer for Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM and featuring authors Sarah Weeks, Jacqueline Houtman, Ilsa J. Bick, Julie Halpern and Lisa Albert.
Sunday, October 14
Matthew Cordell, Liz Garton Scanlon, Edward Hemingway, Lisa Albert, Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler take part in author talks, illustrator open studios, workshops and book signings at Mead Public Library, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Bookworm Gardens.
Other Sunday highlights are a poetry workshop with Liz Garton Scanlon, a writing workshop for teens and adults with Lisa Albert, and a writing workshop for kids with mother-daughter writing team Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler, and art-making sessions with illustrators Matthew Cordell and Edward Hemingway.
Authors and illustrators will sign books after their presentations and festival bookseller Apple Blossom Books (Oshkosh) will donate a portion of book sale proceeds to benefit the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival.
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is a part of the Sheboygan Shindig, an amazing arts extravaganza for all ages featuring an impressive lineup of visual, literary, performing, and horticultural arts that takes place at Bookworm Gardens, Mead Public Library, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
A complete schedule of times and locations of events and author and illustrator appearances is available on the children’s book festival website at www.SheboyganChildrensBookFestival.org. For more information about the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival, call Mead Public Library at 920-459-3400, ext. 3404.
About Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is presented by community members and these local organizations who believe in the transformative power of reading and the literary and visual arts: Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Eastern Shores Library System, the Sheboygan Area and Kohler school districts, University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, and Bookworm Gardens.
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is funded in part by the Kohler Foundation, Inc., the Bemis Family Foundation, the Garton Family Foundation, the Mead Public Library Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation, Target, Ann Schroeder in Memory of Olivia Anderson, and the Plymouth Library Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Dynamic Inc., the Kohler Arts Center, and the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County. Apple Blossom Books, LLC will donate a portion of book sale proceeds to support the book festival.
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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/
James Kennedy and the 90-Second Newbery: http://jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery/
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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