Family Storytelling Stage

September 14, 2012

Schedule of events:

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

10:00-10:30 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is a hip-shaking, head-bopping, Los Angeles-based explosion of “kindie” rock. Led by musician and songwriter Diaz and his wife, the comedian Alisha Gaddis, the band will perform songs from their new album, “A Potluck.” No signing.


"Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes," by R.L. Stine. (Scholastic/Scholastic)

10:40-11:00 Bob Shea The dinosaur in author-illustrator Bob Shea’s “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime,” “Dinosaur vs. the Potty” and “Dinosaur vs. the Library” was inspired by his son, Ryan. Shea’s other picture books include “I’m a Shark” and, most recently, “Dinosaur vs. Santa.” Signing at 11:30.

11:00-11:20 Tad Hills is an author and illustrator whose children’s books include “Duck & Goose,” “Duck, Duck, Goose” and “How Rocket Learned to Read.” His new picture book is “Rocket Writes a Story.” Signing at 12:30.

11:20-11:40 Michael Buckley is the author of two series for children: “The Sisters Grimm” and “NERDS.” He has also written and developed shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Discovery Channel. His first picture book is the recently published “Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show.” Signing at 12:30.

11:45-12:15 Justin Roberts’s intelligent and whimsically rocking music is aimed at both kids and their parents; his CDs include “Pop Fly,” “Meltdown!,” “Not Naptime” and, most recently, “Jungle Jim.” He and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, will perform songs including “Willy Was a Whale.” No signing.

12:20-12:40 R.L. Stine When R. L. Stine was 9 years old, he found an old typewriter in the attic and started writing. Today his “Goosebumps” series, begun in 1992, has been translated into 32 languages, and Stine has sold more than 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors ever. Stine’s new book is “Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes.” Signing at 1:30.

12:40-1:00 Tom Angleberger is the author of the “Origami Yoda” series, which includes “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” and “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” His new book is “The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee.” Signing at 1:30.

1:00-1:20 Marc Brown is the creator of the “Arthur Adventure” series and co-developer of the PBS series “Arthur.” Judy Sierra’ s books include “The Sleepy Little Alphabet” and “Mind Your Manners.” Together the two created the picture book “Wild About Books” and its follow-up, “Zoozical!,” as well as “Born to Read.” This fall, they return with another collaboration, “Wild About You!Signing at 2:30.

1:25-1:55 Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve From Disney Junior comes Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve, teaching children through soulful and current renditions of the ABCs and 1-2-3s on an animated train. No signing.

2:00-2:20 Jeff Kinney says he first knew he wanted to be a cartoonist while he was at the University of Maryland, where he studied criminal justice. Today his “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has more than 75 million copies in print worldwide. The sixth book in the series is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.” Signing at 3.

2:20-2:40 Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. She is the author of the autobiography Dominique Moceanu: An American Champion” and co-author of the “Go-for-Gold Gymnasts” series . Her new book is a memoir, “Off Balance.” Signing at 3:30.

2:40-3:00 Jill Abramson and Jane O’Connor are the co-authors of “Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout!,” a picture book based on Abramson’s book “The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout.” The book in turn was based on an online column about a golden retriever that Abramson wrote for the New York Times, where she is executive editor. O’Connor, her sister, is the author of many children’s books, including the “Fancy Nancy” series, which has sold more than 16 million copies. Signing at 3:30.

3:00-3:20 Kathleen Ernst has written novels for both children and adults, including eight mysteries in the American Girl series. The latest is “Caroline Takes a Chance.” Signing at 4.

3:25-3:55 Jose-Luis Orozco is a bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist. Through his performances and the Caramba Kids Web site, he prides himself on passing along the rich heritage of Latin American culture to children. No signing.

4:00-4:20 Mac Barnett and Adam Rex make their author-illustrator collaboration part of the story of their new picture book, “Chloe and the Lion.” Barnett, whose first picture book was “Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem,” is on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center. Rex’s previous books include “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich” and “Pssst! Signing at 2.

4:20-4:40 Esme Raji Codell has written books for children, young adults, parents and educators, among them “Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year.” She discusses children’s literature on the Planet Esme Book-a-Day Blog, and her new picture book is “Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of Johnny ‘Appleseed’ Chapman.” Signing at 1:30.

4:40-5:00 Matt Luckhurst, a descendant of Canadian loggers, is the author and illustrator of “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure.” Signing at 1:30.

5:10-5:40 Okee Dokee Brothers As childhood best friends, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing dreamed of being singer-songwriters. Today the Okee Dokee Brothers perform original music inspired by their own backyard adventures. Their latest album, “Can You Canoe?,” is based on their experience paddling down the Mississippi River together. No signing.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Noon-12:30 Okee Dokee Brothers Also performing at 5:10 on Saturday. No signing.

12:40-1:00 Ed Young is the illustrator of more than 80 books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning “Lon Po Po.” He also wrote and illustrated “The House Baba Built,” which recounts his childhood in Shanghai. His new picture book is “Nighttime Ninja.” Signing at 1:30.

1:00-1:20 Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s children’s books include “Duck! Rabbit!,” “Little Pea,” “Little Hoot” and “Little Oink.” Her new book is “Wumbers.” Rosenthal is also a filmmaker and contributor to NPR. Signing at 2.

1:20-1:40 Sarah Stewart and David Small The Quiet Place” is the latest children’s book by writer Sarah Stewart and her husband, illustrator David Small. Others include “The Money Tree,” “The Friend,” “The Journey,” “The Library” and “The Gardener,” a Caldecott Honor book. Small won the 2001 Caldecott Medal for illustrating “So You Want to Be President?” written by Judith St. George. Signing at 2:30.

1:45-2:15 Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players Also performing at 11:45 Saturday. No signing.

2:20-2:40 Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the “Bad Kitty” series of picture and chapter books. His new book in the series is “Bad Kitty for President.” Signing at 3:30.

2:40-3:00 James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress, will read a children’s story. He has headed the Library since 1987 and in 2000 worked with Laura Bush to create the Library of Congress National Book Festival. No signing.

3:00-3:20 Jarrett J. Krosoczka has written and illustrated 10 picture books and eight graphic novels. The newest title in his “Lunch Lady” series is “Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril.” Signing at 4.

3:20-3:50 Hip Hop Harry performs rap-along songs with an educational, positive beat from his “Party Jams” album. He will be accompanied by the break-dancing Hip Hop Harry Dancers. No signing.

3:55-4:15 Peter H. Reynolds is illustrator of the “Judy Moody” series and the author-illustrator of “So Few of Me,” “The North Star” and “Rose’s Garden.” He is also the president and creative director of FableVision Studios, which creates websites, animated films, digital storybooks and products for other media. His new book is “Sky Color.” Signing at 4:45.

4:15-4:35 Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney and author of the “Dork Diaries” series for tweens. The fourth and latest installment is “Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess.” Signing at 2.

4:35-4:55 Annie Barrows More than 2 million books in Annie Barrows’s “Ivy & Bean” series have been sold; the ninth and latest in the series is “Ivy & Bean Make the Rules.” Signing at 2:30.

5:00-5:30 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Also performing at 10 a.m. on Saturday. No signing.

More from Books:

2012 National Book Festival: Teens

2012 National Book Festival: Children

2012 National Book Festival: Fiction and Mystery

2012 National Book Festival: Contemporary Life

2012 National Book Festival: Poetry and Prose

2012 National Book Festival: History and Biography

2012 National Book Festival: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Graphic Novels

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