Bringing successful authors and illustrators to the children of Bozeman!

MarlaMarla Frazee is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. She sees the world as a place full of feelings, including everything from love to loneliness. Marla says that she doesn’t think being a kid is any easier than being a grownup because the feelings we have while living our lives are much the same. All of these feelings come alive in the books that Marla writes and illustrates because that is how she makes sense of a big, complicated world. Marla graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and she has now been teaching children’s book illustration there for 20 years. She has always lived in and around Los Angeles.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week EverMarla is the author and illustrator of A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, which received a Caldecott Honor Award and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. She is also the author and illustrator of The Boss Baby. She has illustrated many books, including the New York Times bestselling Stars, the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor Award book All the World, and the New York Times bestselling Clementine series. All of these books can be found and checked out at the Bozeman Public Library. To learn more about Marla or her work, please visit her website.

Marla’s comment about her visit:

“I really liked the whole experience so very much.”


Liz Garton Scanlon is a writer of children’s books from AuLizstin, Texas. Inspired by her daughters, Liz writes for children because it gives her hope and happiness. In her free time, she likes to read and travel. Since she does not consider herself an artist, Liz works with many of the best illustrators of children’s books like Marla Frazee, Robin Preiss Glasser, Arthur Howard, Vanessa Newton, and Stephanie Graegin.

All the WorldLiz wrote the New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Honor Award book All the World. She is also the author of Noodle & Lou and Happy Birthday, Bunny!. These books are available for checkout at the Bozeman Public Library. Visit Liz’s website for more information about her and her books.

Liz’s comments about her visit:

“You guys did an amazing job from start to finish, and the snowy day was the perfect touch. Loved the varied talks/events during the day, the setting was perfect, meals were delicious, volunteers all so warm and fun and attentive. Thank you for everything – I think we’d all come back in a heartbeat!”


DavidDavid Shannon is the author and illustrator of many books for children. He grew up in Spokane, Washington and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a fine arts degree. David often uses incidents and people from his own life in his writing. In addition to his work on children’s books, David’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Rolling Stone, and on numerous book jackets. David and his wife currently live in Los Angeles.

No David!David is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Caldecott Honor Book No, David!. Other bestselling, award-winning books written and illustrated by David include A Bad Case of Stripes, Alice the Fairy, and The Rain Came Down. All of these books are available for checkout at the Bozeman Public Library.

David’s comment about his visit:

“I thought the whole thing was great and very well run.”


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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