Children’s Authors at Southern Festival of Books

Oct 3, 2013 by     3 Comments    Posted under: Activities, Book Picks

It is always exciting to meet children’s authors and hear about how and why they create literature for our youngest readers. From October 11th – 13th a number of gifted authors will be in Nashville for the Southern Festival of Books.

Featured authors will be: Caldecott winners Keven Henkes (Kitten’s First Full Moon) and husband and wife team, Phillip and Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee); reliable favorites like Daniel Kirk (Library Mouse) and Andrea Beaty (Iggy Peck, Architect); and new picture books by award-winning songstress Janis Ian (The Tiny Mouse), Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit), Elizabeth Dulemba (Lula’s Brew), Susan Verde (The Museum) and Jessica Young (My Blue is Happy). 

Children’s author sessions take place on Saturday, Oct 12th and Sunday, Oct 13th! For more information about the Southern Festival of Books, go to the Humanities Tennessee website. To find out what other books by these authors are available at the Nashville Public Library, click on their names below.

Saturday, Oct 12
9:30-10:30 am, War Memorial Auditorium
The Year of Billy Miller
Kevin Henkes

Saturday, Oct 12
11:00-12:00 noon, Legislative Plaza Room 30
Talented Twosome: Making Quiet Picture Books in a Loud World
Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead

Saturday, Oct 12
11:00-12:00 noon, Youth Stage on War Memorial Plaza
Lula’s Brew
Elizabeth Dulemba

Saturday, Oct 12
3:00-4:30 pm, Legislative Plaza Room 16
Building Kids Imaginations Through Picture Books: Museums, Libraries, Engineers, Mice, and More
Andrea Beaty, Susan Verde, Daniel Kirk

Sunday, Oct 13
12:00-1:00 pm, Legislative Plaza Room 29
Color Commentary: Picture Book Authors Debut Their True Hues
Drew Daywalt, Jessica Young

Sunday, Oct 13
2:30-3:30 pm, Nashville Public Library Auditorium
The Tiny Mouse
Janis Ian



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  • I am a 69 year old grandmother and I just published Book I and Book II in my children’s series, “Sassafras Tales”. They are written for elementary school readers. How can I get publishing or sales advice?

    • You might contact the Midsouth Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at their website, I hear they are very helpful to first-time authors who wish to learn how to prepare and submit their work for publishing.

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