2017 Children’s Festival of the Book – Saturday, November 4th
Grace Lin is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2010 and Grace’s early reader, Ling and Ting was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011.
Most recently, the cover illustration for her novel When the Sea Turned Silver (a 2016 National Book Award Finalist) was displayed at the White House, where Grace was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. Many of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.”
Please visit Grace’s website for more information!
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.
First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.
Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film. Visit Jarrett’s page to learn more!
Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, and actor. His second novel, A Riddle In Ruby: The Changers Key by HarperCollins’ Greenwillow Books was released September 2016. The first novel in the trilogy, A Riddle in Ruby 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!