Bringing successful authors and illustrators to the children of Bozeman!

PaulPaul Zelinsky grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, the son of a mathematics professor father and a medical illustrator mother. He drew compulsively from a young age. When Paul was going to college at Yale, a course on the history and practice of the picture book inspired him to seek a career as a professional illustrator of children’s books. He has now illustrated more than thirty books and is recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field. Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

RapunzelAmong other awards, Paul received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel. He also received Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. Z Is for Moose, one of Paul’s most recent books, has been named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. All of these books can be checked out at the Bozeman Public Library. To learn more about Paul or his work, see his website.

Paul’s comment about his visits:

“The Bozeman Festival of the Book was one of the most fun and enthusiastically community-supported events I’ve ever been to.”


EdwardEdward Hemingway is a writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. He has done feature writing for GQ Magazine, written comics for Nickelodeon, and been showcased in the American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. His work has been included in The New York Times, Abercrombie and Fitch Quarterly, and Nickelodeon Magazine. Edward’s artwork has also been featured in several shows, including at the Brooklyn Public Library. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the Rhode Island School of Design and a graduate degree from the School of Visual Arts.

Bump in the NightEdward wrote and illustrated the children’s books Bump in the Night, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, and Bad Apple’s Perfect Day. Bump in the Night and Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship are available for checkout at the Bozeman Public Library. Those who wish to learn more about Edward or his work can visit his website.

Edward’s comments about his visit:

“Kid’s Lit is alive and well in the Bridger Mountains! Come celebrate books both great and small with the incomparable Children’s Festival of the Book.”

“My favorite book festival. Ever.”


JeanneJeanne DuPrau has always had a passion for reading and writing. She spends several hours every day sitting at a computer and thinking up sentences. Nevertheless, she finds writing hard due to the many words to choose from and the number of possibilities in any given story. In some ways, writing involves a great number of tough decisions. Still, Jeanne keeps working. She has now produced five novels, six books of non-fiction, and many essays and stories. Jeanne currently lives in California.

The City of EmberJeanne’s work includes the four Books of Ember, which tell the story of a city where it’s always dark. In series order, these books are The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and The Diamond of Darkhold. All of these books can be checked out at the Bozeman Public Library. Jeanne DuPrau also has an official website where more information about her life and work can be found.


Local writers Janet Fox and Michele Corriel also participated in the Festival!

Click here to view the year’s Children’s Festival of the Book Program!


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