The nation’s best children’s authors and illustrators read and discuss their latest works for children and young adults.
Children's Bookstore Stage
Stage: West Park
Friday, September 27
YA rock sensation Tiger Beat features Libba Bray's charged lyrics, Dan Ehrenhaft's arena-ready power chords, Natalie Standiford's face-melting bass riffs, and Barnabas Miller's searing drumming. They will open an evening celebration of YA literature.
Panel discussion featuring Libba Bray, Natalie Standiford, Barnabas Miller and author/editor Daniel Ehrenhaft.
Saturday, September 28
Bestselling author Jon Scieszka launches an afternoon celebrating some of the wild and crazy guys of children's literature. Scieszka is the author of numerous award-winning books as well as being the founder of Guys Read. Autographing Guidelines: Mr. Scieszka will sign any books purchased during the festival and no more than two books brought from home. There will be no personalizations.
The Three Illustrators
Award winning illustrators Scott Campbell, David Ezra Stein, and Matt Davies talk about their work.
Former Ravens player presents his new kids novel about a war between the frogs and the scorpions and a young frog who longs to be one of the legendary Kulipari warriors.
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales are graphic novels that tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history. This third volume takes on Westward Expansion with The Donner Dinner Party.
Creator of the NYT Bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, illustrator of Neil Gaiman's Chu's Day, as well as author of the soon-to-be-a-movie novel, The True Meaning of Smekday and the middle grade trilogy The Cold Cereal Saga presents his newest picture book, Moonday.
Author/illustrator of the picture books, I'm Looking For A Monster!, Shadows On My Wall, and They're Coming!, presents his latest book, I Hate Picture Books! Young has worked as art director for numerous magazines and done design work for Pee Wee's Playhouse, The Muppets, Universal Studios, Disney, Popular Science, National Lampoon and many others.
Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include the Printz honor winning memoir Hole in My Life, National Book Award Finalist Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Newbery Honor Joey Pigza Loses Control. He joins us to introduce his new novel Norvelt to Nowhere, sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Dead End in Norvelt.
Perennial Book Festival favorite and Baltimore author/illustrator, Kevin O'Malley returns to guide the audience through wacky retellings of favorite fairy tales. He is the illustrator of The Miss Malarkey Series and How They Croaked: Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous as well as being the author/illustrator of the NYT bestselling picture book Animal Crackers and the popular Once Upon A Motorcycle Dude.
Kids Write! Encouraging and Teaching Kids to Write
Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read, a literacy initiative aimed at boys, bestselling author Adam Rex and 2 time National Book Award Finalist Adele Griffin discuss encouraging and teaching kids to write.
Children's book icon Tomie dePaola joins us to present his new Strega Nona picture book, Strega Nona Does It Again. Autographing Guidelines: Mr. dePaola will sign any books purchased during the festival and no more than two books brought from home. There will be no personalizations.
Sunday, September 29
John Bemelmans Marciano
John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans and has written and illustrated his own contributions to the series. His new picture book is a darkly humorous cautionary tale about a horrible boy named Alexander Baddenfield and the nine lives he steals from his cat.
Matt Phelan is the author-illustrator of the critically acclaimed graphic novels The Storm in the Barn and Around the World. His new graphic novel, tells the story of the summer of 1908 in Bluffton, Michigan where a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is summering. Henry has a few months to ogle the exotic animals, the tightrope walkers and a slapstick actor his own age named Buster Keaton.
Jacky Davis & David Soman
Creators of the NYT bestselling Ladybug Girl series present their new book Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow in which Lulu and Bingo find the snow not quite what they expected until Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl.
Author-illustrator of Little Owl's Night presents her new picture book about a shy octopus living on a lively reef who finds peace in a new place where she can be wonderfully alone.
Creating Picture Books: A Variety of Perspectives
Susan P. Fillion, Matthew Olshan, Aaron Becker, Jim Proimos and Tara Lazar will discuss different approaches to creating picture books, from writing longer non-fiction to wordless creations, from working with an illustrator to being one, from getting the idea to creating the final version.
Mechanisms, Mystery, and Magic
A Discussion with Maile Meloy, Eden Unger Bowditch, Jonathan Auxier, Kit Grindstaff, and Morgan Keyes
5 Authors of Middle Grade Novels and Their 5 Savvy Heroines
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