Celebrating Children and the Books They Read This year’s 21st Annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair features a stellar lineup of award winning and bestselling authors and illustrators of books for young readers, middle-grade readers and teens. The Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Rome Ballroom on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.
Singer songwriter Natalie Merchant will headline the Book Fair with award winning illustrator Barbara McClintock for their new book, Leave Your Sleep. Other popular authors and illustrators include author Cari Best who was editorial director of Weston Woods; Judy Blundell who won the National Book Award for What I Saw and How I Lied; New Yorker cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Harry Bliss; Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning illustrator Bryan Collier; author illustrator Katie Davis who appears regularly on the ABC affiliate show Good Morning Connecticut; Bruce Degen who illustrated the best selling Magic School Bus series; author Rita Williams Garcia whose books have won the Newbery and Scott O’Dell awards; Tommy Greenwald who writes for reluctant readers; teen mystery writer Kim Harrington; Leo Landry, who worked as a bookseller for twenty years before turning to writing and illustrating books full time; Newbery Award winner Patricia MacLachlan; Kirsty McKay who was named an Undiscovered Voice by SCBWI; actress, singer, author Sonia Manzano who played Maria on Sesame Street; author Lesléa Newman who has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Highlights; acclaimed paper engineer and artist Matthew Reinhart; illustrator Sergio Ruzzier who has won awards from the Society of Illustrators and Parents Choice; bestselling children’s book creator and paper engineer Robert Sabuda; Newberry Medal and Honor winner Jerry Spinelli whose books have been translated into 40 languages: and Caldecott winner and creator of the Wheels on the Bus, illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.
Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame will visit the UConn Co-op prior to the Fair on Monday, November 5 at 4:00 pm to sign books, visit, and whet appetites for the feast that is the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair the following weekend.
This year at the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair we will be celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th Birthday with song and cake! Birthday cards for Clifford are welcome! Other favorite storybook characters including Lady Bug Girl, Hedgie, and Bad Kitty will join Clifford who has attended the Fair every year.
The Connecticut Children’s Book Fair is free and open to the public. It is a project of the UConn Co-op and the UConn Libraries to benefit the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. For more information visit us online or call 860-486-5027. You can also follow the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair on Facebook and Twitter.