UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Children’s Book Festival, November 9, 2013, at Pequot Library

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Children’s Book Festival, November 9, 2013, at Pequot Library

Southport, CT – An all-day Children's Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 11:00am - 4:00pm at Pequot Library in Southport, CT. Meet 14 talented award-winning authors and illustrators who will be on hand to sign their books. Picture books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult books will be available for purchase and there will be one-of-a-kind raffle prizes. However, the Pequot Library Children’s Book Festival will have so much more to offer than just books for sale. Many of the participating authors and illustrators will be doing signings, readings, artistic and literary demonstrations of all kinds. Numerous presentations and question and answer sessions, by the writers and artists, will be highlights throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public.

Author and illustrator of Dave the Potter, Bryan Collier, is nominated for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children's books. Given every other year by IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People), the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature. It is often referred to as the "Little Nobel Prize."  Previously Collier won two Caldecott Honors. He graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Robert Lawrence Stine – commonly known as R.L. Stine, is not only one of the most commercially successful novelists of the generation, (selling more than 400 million copies), but is also arguably the finest writer of horror fiction aimed at young audiences. He has a great job, Stine says, "My job is to give kids the CREEPS!" He has written scores of books with the “Goosebumps” Series being the most popular. He has also written many joke books such as How to be Funny and Don’t Stand in Soup. He was a head writer for the Nickelodeon Network children’s series.

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, having written over 100 books, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dog Private Eye books. Patricia Reilly Giff has received the Newbery Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing, which is also a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Nory Ryan's Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable Book. Other awards include: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor. Patricia Reilly Giff lives in Connecticut.

Dan Yaccarino is an acclaimed author and illustrator of many children’s books including Doug Unplugged, Unlovable and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. He is the creator and producer of the animated series the Parents Choice Award-winning Oswald and the Emmy-winning Willa's Wild Life, as well as the character designer behind the Emmy-winning The Backyardigans. His books have won a host of prestigious awards including the New York Times Best Illustrated award, an ALA Notable designation, a Parents Choice Award, and the Bologna Ragazzi. His bold, stylized illustrations add wit and energy to the work of such prestigious authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes and Patricia MacLachlan in addition to his own stories. Animation Magazine hails him as "an American original." Dan lives with his family in New York City.

Authors’ interest in participating in the second Pequot Library Children’s Book Festival has been extremely successful, as was the first. Featured this year are award-winning authors and illustrators: Tony Abbott, Firegirl; Jennifer Berne, On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein; Bryan Collier, Dave the Potter;  Bruce Degen, I Gotta Draw; Jamberry; The Magic School Bus Series; Deborah Freedman, The Story of Fish & Snail; Patricia Reilly Giff, Pictures of Hollis Woods;  Susan Hood, Spike: The Mixed-up Monster; Ann Haywood Leal, A Finders-Keepers Place; Barbara Mariconda, The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons: Lucy At Sea; Marc Tyler Nobleman, Bill, the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman; Michael Rex, Goodnight Goon;  R.L. Stine, Goosebumps Most Wanted; Laura Toffler-Corrie, My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush;  Dan Yaccarino: Doug, Unplugged.

Pequot’s Children’s Book Festival will be in Pequot Library’s Auditorium/Concert Hall, Children's Room and Reading Room. For more information contact Susan Ei, (203) 259-0346, ext. 18. The Delamar, Southport and Artisan restaurant are hospitality sponsors and the Fairfield University Book Store is the book provider.


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