2016 Children’s Festival of the Book – Saturday, November 5
Christian Robinson likes to tell stories with pictures, making a living as an illustrator and animator in San Francisco. He’s worked with Pixar Animation Studios, the Sesame Street Workshop and illustrated a number of award winning picture books including Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell (Chronicle), which won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor; and Gaston by Kelly di Pucchio (Atheneum),
which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Horn Book, Kirkus, and Amazon. His latest book, Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Pena (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), is a New York Times bestseller. (Photo of Christian by Anastasiia Sapon.)
Robinson wrote in his Art of Fun, Inspirations and Updates page “Having Last Stop on Market Street recognized by the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott and Newbery committees is truly unimaginable. The pictures in this book were inspired by memories of riding the bus with my grandmother, who raised my brother and me, and taught me to count my blessings. Today I feel deeply blessed and humbled to be a part of a book that is inclusive and honors the experience of children who share a similar story.”
Learn more about Christian and his animation and illustration work by visiting his website.
Tunnel Vision: Jake Lukin has an incredible power he’s been hiding his whole life…but one (big) mess-up later, and the U.S. government knows all about it. Suddenly he’s juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards. When his family is threatened, Jake has to make a terrible choice. Tunnel Vision is a young adult sff thriller with psychic spies, graveyard chases, Call of Duty, Buffy and Veronica Mars references, and a stubborn little sister you’ll wish you had, even if you are an 18-year-old boy.
The Dark at the End: Jake thinks he has only one more step and he’ll be free: he just has to meet with Vladimir, his grandfather’s Russian friend, and get the serum to stop his power for good. But when they get to Florida Vladimir is dead, and there’s no sign of the serum. Then someone takes Myka and his mom. With the government and the terrifying Mr. Smith still after him while he has his power, he doesn’t have anywhere to turn. What will Jake do to get his mom and little sister back? Anything.
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. She danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books.
Susan is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of k t literary (email@example.com). She is a member of SCBWI, SFWA, and ITW, and a proud founding member of the Fearless Fifteeners. Explore Susan’s website for more details about her work and more.
Michele Corriel is an award-winning freelance art writer and author of four books: a middle series The Newspaper Mysteries, a non-fiction picture book Weird Rocks, and her newest a Young Adult Sci-Fi novel Membrane. Michele teaches writing workshops around the state as well as art history at Montana State University. Her greatest fear: the blank page. Her greatest love: the second (third and fourth) draft. Visit Michele’s website for more information about her work .
Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, and actor. His novel, A Riddle In Ruby, by HarperCollins’ Greenwillow Books was released in the Fall 2015. He and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two geeks behind the Ennie Award-nominated Epic RPG tabletop gaming system. Theater, film, and television credits as a short, bald man include an array of concerned friends, overbearing flunkies, and odd-yet amusing next door neighbors. A faculty fellow in the Honors College at Montana State University, he holds a B.A. in English from U. Penn and an M.F.A. in Acting from UC, San Diego. He lives with his wife and a clever dog-ninja named Bobo in Bozeman, Montana. He’s represented by Susanna Einstein at Einstein Literary Management, and you can find him at kentishdavis.com.
Please visit Kent’s website to contact him or learn more about his work.
And be sure to check out our Children’s and Teens’ Writing Contest and Illustration Exhibition (ages 8 – 18) this year. Go to the “Contests” tab for more information and to download submission forms!