Cecil County Public Library's Children's Book Festival

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 Saturday, June 9, 2018  -  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM  -  North East Community Park

Events & Activities

Join us for a fun-filled day for the whole family! This year's festival will include:

  • Talk to children's book authors
  • Live music with Bruce Fite
  • Face painting and balloon animals
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • The Ironbirds Mascot
  • The Cecil County Public Library Bookmobile
  • Treats from Mister Softee and Kona Ice
  • FREE summer reading t-shirts (while supplies last)
  • Plus, guest readings and author presentations all day at our story stage!
  • Children will receive a voucher for a free book (while supplies last)

Please click here for a full schedule of events.

Bruce Fite, Mister Softee, and the Ironbirds Mascot       


Meet children’s book authors you know and love, and discover new favorites! This year’s authors include picture book writers and illustrators, middle-grade authors, and nonfiction writers. Authors will be present throughout the festival for book signings, Q & A, and to conduct readings and presentations on our story stage. Check back for a full schedule of author readings and presentations.

JoAnn DawsonJoAnn Dawson
A horse lover since early childhood, JoAnn S. Dawson lives with her husband Ted at Fairwinds Farm stables and bed & breakfast in North East, Maryland. She is the award-winning author of the Lucky Foot Stable series (Ages 8-12), which follows friends Mary and Jody on adventures with their ponies, Lady and Gypsy. In addition to her work as an author, Dawson is an actress and wrangler for film and television. Visit JoAnn’s booth at the Cecil County Children’s Book Festival to meet her pony, Butterscotch! 

Lady's Big Surprise    Star of Wonder      A Star is Discovered     Mary and Jody in the Movies     At the Premiere

Mosey's FieldBarbara LockhartBarbara Lockhart
Award winning author, Barbara Lockhart uses the setting of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for her novels. Her children’s books celebrate shore life in such titles as Rambling Raft, Once a Pony Time, Mosey’s Field, and Will’s Tractor. A kindergarten teacher for 25 years, Lockhart’s interest in children’s literature began with her first publication, Read to me, Talk with me, a manual which was used nationwide to encourage parents to read to their children.

Kevin McCloskeyKevin McCloskey
Kevin McCloskey is a Professor of Illustration at Kutztown University of PA. He is the author/illustrator of the Giggle and Learn Series for Toon Books. He has traveled the country from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia to the California Academy of Sciences sharing fascinating facts about common creatures. We Dig Worms! was created in 2015 when his wife, Patt, a librarian, asked for a funny worm book to read to children. He painted worms on recycled grocery bags. Françoise Mouly, the publisher of Toon Books, art directed and edited We Dig Worms! into a real book. Since then he has written three more Toon Books about little creatures, The Real Poop on Pigeons, Something's Fishy, and Snails Are Just My Speed.

We Dig Worms     The Real Poop on Pigeons     Something Fishy     Snails are Just My Speed!

John Micklos, Jr. One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!John Micklos, Jr.
John Micklos, Jr. is an award-winning education journalist and the author of more than 35 books for children and young adult readers. His books include poetry picture books, numerous nonfiction titles, and his latest book, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! Illustrated by Clive McFarland of Ireland, the book enables young children to count their way through the seasons as they watch leaves growing on and later falling off a tree. Glowing reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews praise the book’s bouncy rhymes and bold artwork.

The Eighth Day

Dianne K. SalerniDianne K. Salerni
Dianne K. Salerni lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Bob, her two daughters, Gabrielle and Gina, her trusty dog, Sorcia, and mischievous cat, Luna. She graduated from St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania before taking a job teaching in the Avon Grove School District. She taught fourth and fifth grade there for 25 years.

Now retired from full time teaching, Dianne spends her free time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research. 

Her debut book for children, The Eighth Day, released in 2014 to critical acclaim and is the first in a series about a secret day of the week tied to Arthurian legend. The adventure continues in The Inquisitor’s Mark and The Morrigan’s Curse.

Kevin SherryKevin Sherry
Kevin Sherry grew up in Southern New Jersey before moving to Baltimore to study Art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

He is the author and illustrator of many children's picture books including I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean (Dial/Penguin), which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and a spot in the Original Art Show hosted by the Society of Illustrators. He is also the creator of the hilarious chapter books series The Yeti Files (Scholastic).

He is a chef, an avid cyclist, and a performer of hilarious puppet shows for kids and adults. Kevin lives with his two pet rats, Noodles and Torch.

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean     The Yeti Files     Turtle Island     

David TeagueDavid Teague
David Teague is the author of the picture books Franklin’s Big Dreams and The Red Hat and the co-author of the middle-grade novels Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars along with his wife, Marisa De Los Santos. His latest works include two new middle-grade novels: Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade, and How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe and Put It Back Together Again.

 David lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Marisa, his children, Charles and Annabel, and their two dogs, Huxley and Finn. David teaches literature at the University of Delaware. Other people may dream of seeing their names on the back of a football jersey or on a billboard advertising plastic surgery. But David always dreamed of seeing his name on the spine of a book.

Franklin's Big Dreams     The Red Hat     Saving Lucas Biggs     Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade

Annette WhippleInsects as ProducersAnnette Whipple
Annette Whipple lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Once a classroom teacher, she now enjoys teaching children through writing, volunteering, and presenting programs. Annette learned to love science and nature during her years as an environmental educator and classroom teacher. She enjoys reading a good book and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. Annette is the author of three nonfiction books for children, including Flowers, Soil, and Insects as Producers.