Cecil County Public Library's Children's Book Festival
Events & Activities
Join us for a fun-filled day for the whole family! Meet and greet children’s book authors, receive a free, signed copy of one of the participating authors' books, and enjoy treats from Kona Ice and Mister Softee. Plus, enjoy other family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals, music, and more!
Every child will receive a voucher for a free signed book!
Author Julia Collins was inspired to write Libby and the Shooting Star Wish Foundation after stargazing one evening with her family. Every night, Julia’s daughter requests two books, two stories, and two songs before bed. That night, inspired by the sparkling night sky, Julia told a story of a lamb who wished upon a shooting star and used education and kindness to make friends and bring others together despite their differences. The rest of the story unfolded, and Libby was born.
JoAnn S. Dawson grew up on a dairy farm in Newark, Delaware and has been a full time horse stable owner since 1983. She currently owns and operates Fairwinds Farm & Stables in North East, Maryland with her husband Ted (www.fairwindsstables.com). JoAnn works as an animal wrangler for film and TV, and as a Screen Actors Guild member has held principal acting roles in The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, and Oprah Winfrey’s Beloved. She is the author of the award-winning Lucky Foot Stable series for ages 8-12 and appears at schools and book signings with her pony, Butterscotch.
Minh Lê is the author of Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and the upcoming book The Perfect Seat illustrated by Gus Gordon (all published by Disney-Hyperion). He is also writing Green Lantern: Legacy, a graphic novel (illustrated by Andie Tong) for the new DC Comics middle grade imprint, DC Zoom and has several other unannounced projects in the works.
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. She writes picture books (the Little Hands Signing series, Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), and young adult fantasy (Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, both HarperTeen). She has also published many resource books for educators, librarians, and parents. Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives near Baltimore, MD. Find her online at www.kathymacmillan.com.
Kevin McCloskey is 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.
John Micklos, Jr.
John Micklos, Jr. has written more than 50 children’s books, including picture books, poetry books, biographies, history books, and social studies books. Popular titles include, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, and 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets (contributor), published by National Geographic. Other selected titles include Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sand, The Sound in the Basement, and the 125 Cute Animals (contributor). He enjoys visiting schools and conducting writing workshops with students. Learn more about John’s work at www.JohnMicklosWriter.com.
Liz & Jimmy Reed
Liz and Jimmy Reed are the husband-and-wife team behind Cuddles and Rage, a world full of disturbingly cute stories with heart. What began as a webcomic featuring doodles and dioramas of anthropomorphic food has grown to include books, animation, and product design.
Their work has been featured by Nerdist, The Washington Post, NPR, HelloGiggles, and SparkLife. Their first animated short debuted at the NYC Food Film Festival in 2016. In 2017, their second short took home the Best Super-Short award. Their first picture book, Sweet Competition, was released by HarperCollins in 2016. Their follow-up, Sweet Success, debuted on July 3rd, 2018.
Dianne K. Salerni
Dianne K. Salerni is the author of the The Eighth Day fantasy series and historical novels, The Caged Graves, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead. Her next book, The Roosevelt Ghosts, featuring young cousins Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt and a vengeful ghost, will be released in the fall of 2020 by Holiday House.
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, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith grew up on Air Force Bases and has lived in Japan, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, Washington, DC, South Carolina, Delaware and a bunch of other places. He read a lot of books as a kid, especially fantasy and science fiction, and this inspired a lifelong love of the fantastical. Ronald L. Smith is the author of several acclaimed middle grade novels including Hoodoo (winner of the 2016 Corretta Scott King New Author Award), The Mesmerist, Black Panther: The Young Prince, and his newest book, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away.
Erin Teagan is the author of the Luciana series, American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year, The Friendship Experiment, and Survivor Girl (July 2019, Clarion). She has a background in science and uses many of her experiences from the lab in her books. She loves sharing the most interesting (and most dangerous and disgusting) parts of science with kids. Erin lives in Virginia with her family, a hound dog named Beaker, and a bunny that thinks he’s a cat. www.erinteagan.com
Chiêu Anh Urban
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.
As a children’s nonfiction author, Annette Whipple strives to inspire a sense of wonder in people while exciting them about our world. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Annette enjoys reading good books and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Look for Laura’s Prairie Companion in 2020 from Chicago Review Press. Learn more about Annette, her children’s books, and her presentations at www.AnnetteWhipple.com.
Christian N. Wynn was born on the Travis Air Force Base, of California, and his father’s military service took the family all over the United States. For over twenty year he has called Delaware home. The personal experiences of his friends and family are often his most important inspiration for the characters and stories he creates including the middle grade fiction series, The Jack Taylor Cases. This series has been described as The Hardy Boys Mysteries meets The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Along with the Jack Taylor Cases, Mr. Wynn’s future writing plans include a book series about strange summer vacations, a trilogy of children’s books featuring warrior teddy bears, and a book of fables based on characters in the Jack Taylor Cases with the profits from the publication being donated to charity.
When he isn’t writing, Christian is an avid lover of movies and reading written works by Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, and Daniel Handler.