September 20, 2017

More Than 80 Authors and Illustrators to Appear at Saturday’s Children’s Book Festival

The Princeton’s Children’s Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Hinds Plaza. More than 80 children’s literature authors and illustrators will participate in the festival, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Fans of all ages will have the opportunity to purchase books supplied by jaZams, meet with authors and illustrators, and have their books signed.

Author and illustrator Brian Biggs, who created the poster and artwork for this year’s event, will be in attendance. He will also read from his books during a special story time before the festival at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Story Room. He has written and illustrated the popular Everything Goes series of books. Tinyville Town is his most recent series and was the inspiration for this year’s poster. He is also the illustrator of Noisy Night (2017, written by Mac Barnett), and the Frank Einstein series (written by Jon Scieszka).

Other authors and illustrators participating in the festival include Wendy Mass (Space Taxi and The Candymakers series); Coretta Scott King award winner and two-time Caldecott Honor-winner Brian Pinkney (Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing, and Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn It Out!); Mac Barnett (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Tapper Twins series); Anica Mrose Rissi (The Teacher’s Pet, the Anna, Banana series); Ben Clanton (Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!); Ame Dyckman (Horrible Bear, Wolfie the Bunny, illustrated by Zachariah OHora); Greg Pizzoli, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner and Honor-winner (The Watermelon Seed, Goodnight Owl) and many others.

For a complete list of participating authors and illustrators, see

Festival visitors can also stop by the PSO BRAVO! Instrument Petting Zoo to try out percussion and string instruments under the guidance of Princeton Symphony Orchestra musicians.

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is made possible by a partnership with jaZams of Princeton.

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