2015 Children’s Festival of the Book program
Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children’s books and an animator. He won both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s book illustration, recognizing the 2012 picture book This is Not My Hat, which he also wrote. He is the first person to win both awards for the same work.
This Is Not My Hat is a companion to Klassen’s preceding picture book, I Want My Hat Back (2011), and his first as both writer and illustrator. Both books were on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 40 weeks; by April 2014 one or the other had been translated into 22 languages and they had jointly surpassed one million worldwide sales. Both books were recommended for children ages 5+ by the Greenaway judges.
Klassen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1981 and grew up in Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario. He studied animation at Sheridan College, graduated in 2005, and moved to Los Angeles. That year he made an animated short with Dan Rodriques, An Eye for Annai. He worked on animation of the feature films Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Coraline (2009) and he was art director for the 2009 animated music video of “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” by U2.
Learn more about Jon and his creative work by visiting his website.
Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of over 18 books for children, including two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, which also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. He writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels and, with Jory John, The Terrible Two. He lives in Berkeley.
Mac Barnett is one of several promising authors who are redefining and reaffirming what it means to write for children. Not satisfied with pat definitions of “kid friendly,” Barnett inherited the charge to nudge children’s literature tropes in new directions from his friend and mentor
Explore Mac’s website for more details about his work and more.
Also watch Mac’s Ted Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPrS7-kx9Y0
Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, and actor. His novel, A RIDDLE IN RUBY, is slated for release by HarperCollins’ Greenwillow Books in 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, 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!