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Book Festival

Cecil County Public Library's Children's Book Festival

Check back this spring for a list of authors participating in the 2021 Children’s Book Festival.


 

Special thanks to the following authors for their participation in the 2020 Children’s Book Festival!

Lee Bacon

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Lee Bacon is the author of several books for young people, including the JOSHUA DREAD and LEGENDTOPIA series, as well as the original audio stories THE MYSTERY OF ALICE and INTERVIEW WITH THE ROBOT. His most recent book, THE LAST HUMAN, is being developed as a film by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE) and Sony. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages. Lee grew up in Texas and now lives in New Jersey. 

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2020

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

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Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of the popular books about the little yellow puppy named Biscuit. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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2020

Lauren Castillo

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“When I was young, it was the art in picture books that inspired me to read and to create my own stories. I love to share with children how I went from being a little girl who struggled with reading, to an adult who now writes and illustrates her own books. I’m so thankful I get to wake up every day and make books for kids, and my hope is these books inspire them to create, just as picture books did for me.”

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2020

Laura Gehl

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Laura Gehl is the author of nearly twenty picture and board books with humor and heart, including ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR (Mathical Award, Booklist Editors’ Choice), the PEEP AND EGG series (Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist, Parents’ Choice Recommendation), I GOT A CHICKEN FOR MY BIRTHDAY (a Kirkus best picture book of the year), and MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING (a Junior Library Guild selection). Her 2020 releases include BABY PALEONTOLOGIST, CAT HAS A PLAN, MAY SAVES THE DAY, JUDGE JULIETTE, and HAPPY LLAMAKKAH. Laura lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and four kids. She loves chocolate, walking in the woods, travel, and reading, in nearly any combination.

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2020

Susanna Leonard Hill

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Susanna is the New York Times Bestselling Author of MOON'S FIRST FRIENDS: ONE GIANT LEAP FOR FRIENDSHIP, and the award-winning author of over 20 more books for children, including PUNXSUTAWNEY PHYLLIS, CAN'T SLEEP WITHOUT SHEEP, and the popular WHEN YOUR LION NEEDS A BATH series. Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, Japanese, and Chinese. Susanna teaches an online picture book writing class (Making Picture Book Magic), offers picture book critiques, and does frequent school and library visits.  She lives in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley with her children and rescue dog. She loves chocolate, animals, and being outdoors.

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2020

Kevin Kurtz

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Kevin Kurtz has loved books and nature since he was a kid growing up in upstate New York. He holds degrees in English literature and elementary education and started his career assisting with lab and field work at a marine biology research center.

Kevin then used the knowledge and skills he gained from all of these experiences by working as an educator, program developer, and curriculum writer for organizations such as the Science Factory Children's Museum in Oregon and the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston (You can learn more about his career experiences by visiting his LinkedIn page).

Kevin has been an Education Officer on the research vessel the JOIDES Resolution. He traveled with an international team of scientists during an expedition where he spent eight weeks at sea in the South Pacific. The scientists were studying the chain of volcanoes that makes up the Louisville Seamount Trail.

In 2016, Kevin was an educator for the Chicxulub Impact Crater expedition. He joined scientists in the Gulf of Mexico and in Germany as they studied the crater left behind by the asteroid impact that wiped out most of the dinosaurs.

Kevin's first children's book, A Day in the Salt Marsh, was published in 2007.

Kevin now lives in Rochester, New York. He continues to write books and visit schools around the country to introduce children to the wonders of reading, writing, science, and nature.

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2020

Megan Wagner Lloyd

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Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of the picture books Paper Mice, Finding Wild, Building Books, and Fort-Building Time. She lives with her family in the DC area, and can be found online at meganwagnerlloyd.com, on Instagram at @meganwangerlloyd, and on Twitter at @mwl_author.

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2020

Lauren Magaziner

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Lauren Magaziner is the author of the Case Closed series, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective—but don’t blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at www.laurenmagaziner.com.

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2020

Lizzy Rockwell

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Lizzy Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children and is the author and illustrator of Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition,  The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness, Plants Feed Me, A Mammal Is an Animal and How Do You Feel?  Lizzy has worked with her mother, the late author/illustrator Anne Rockwell, as illustrator on Apples and Pumpkins in 1989, and Hiking Day most recently.  

Lizzy is also a muralist, a quilter, and a frequent presenter at schools and libraries. She lives in Bridgeport, CT with her husband, Ken Alcorn and their dog, Reggie.

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2020

Chiêu Anh Urban

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Chiêu Anh Urban is a published author, illustrator, graphic designer, and format designer who specializes in developing innovative formats and interactive books for the very young. Chiêu's novelty books include Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!, Color Wonder Winter is Here!, and Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms. She is the creator of Away We Go! and the author of Raindrops: A Shower of Colors. Chiêu holds a BFA in Communications Art and Design. Visit her website at ChieuUrban.com and blog at ChieuUrban.blogspot.com for fun book activities and coloring pages.

Watch Chiêu read her book "Color Wonder Hooray for Spring" and demonstrate how to use a color wheel:

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2020

Book Festival 2019

Thanks to all who attended the 2nd annual Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019!

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