Princeton Children’s Book Festival
The 10th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival takes place Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine on Hinds Plaza and in the library’s Community Room.
More than 100 of the most acclaimed authors and illustrators in children’s literature will participate in the festival, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. During the festival, young readers can interact with the people behind their favorite books who will talk about and sign copies of their works.
Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, who has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers including the highly acclaimed Lunch Lady graphic novel series and the Platypus Police Squad series, created the poster for this year’s festival and will attend the event. Krosoczka’s inspiration for the poster was found in “It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon,” his latest picture book.
Also participating in this year’s festival will be 2015 Sibert Award-winner and 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Jen Bryant (“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus”), 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Lauren Castillo (“Nana in the City”), 2014 Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Floca (“Locomotive”), 2010 Caldecott Medal-winner Jerry Pinkney (“Lion and the Mouse”), 2015 Pura Belpre Honor-winner for illustration John Parra (“Green is a Chili Pepper”), 2013 Pura Belpre Honor winner for illustration Angela Dominguez, Tad Hills (Rocket the Dog series, Duck and Goose series), Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby series), Bruce Coville (“Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher”), Wendy Mass (Space Taxi series), Michael Buckley (Sister Grimm series, “Undertow”) and many others.
For a list of additional participating authors and illustrators, see bookfestival.princetonlibrary.org.
Entertainment throughout the event will include guitarist Kenn Kweder, singers Easha and Shravya Nandyala, Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Garage and KidlitTV.com.
New to the festival this year will be food vendors including D’Angelo Italian Market, Rojo Roaster, the bent spoon and House of Cupcakes.
The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is made possible by a partnership with JaZams of Princeton, Bai5, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. and the Friends of the Princeton Public Library.
For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org.