Bringing successful authors and illustrators to the children of Bozeman!

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.

ThisIsNotMyHatThis 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.  IWantMyHatBack

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.       Sam and Dave for Bozeman

Mac — Sonya Sones PhotoMac 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.

ExtraYarn for BozemanMac’s books include  Leo: A Ghost StoryThe Terrible Two, Telephone, and Extra Yarn. These books are available at the Bozeman Public Library along with many of his other books.

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

LeoJon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man. Barnett, the former director of 826LA, a non-profit writing center for children, writes on the border between humorist and absurdist.

Explore Mac’s   website  for more details about his work and more.

Also watch Mac’s Ted Talk here:

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

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!


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