Library of Congress National Book Festival: Children’s author schedule


Jack Gantos received a Newbery Medal in 2012 for “Dead End in Norvelt.” (Anne Lower/Anne Lower)
August 22

10-10:30 Jeffrey Brown is the author-illustrator of “Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan,” the sequel to “Star Wars: Jedi Academy.” Brown also wrote and illustrated “Darth Vader and Son” and its sequel, “Vader’s Little Princess,” among many other titles. Signing at 11.

10:40-11:10 Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, the author of collections such as “Questions about Angels” and “Sailing Alone Around the Room,” has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. As poet laureate, he created the popular Poetry 180 Web site (www.loc.gov/poetry/180) for the Library of Congress, which offers a poem a day throughout the school year. Collins’s new collection of poems is “Aimless Love,” which he will discuss in the Poetry & Prose pavilion. In the Children’s pavilion, Collins will read his poem “Voyage,” from a new book illustrated by Karen Romagna, an artist who lives and paints in Clinton, N.J. Signing at 1.

11:20-11:50 Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated many books for children, including the “Captain Underpants,” “Dumb Bunnies” and “Ricky Ricotta” series.The latest installment in the Captain Underpants series is “Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000.” Signing at 12:30.

Noon-12:30Emmy-award-winning political reporter and commentator Cokie Roberts has written numerous books, including “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation” and “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.” Her new book, “Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies,” is an illustrated children’s story that highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution. Signing at 1.

12:40-1:10 The creator of such beloved characters as Rotten Ralph and Jack Henry, Jack Gantos received a Newbery Medal in 2012 for “Dead End in Norvelt,” which features a 12-year-old boy named Jack Gantos. Gantos’s 1998 book “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” the story of a boy who can’t sit still, was a National Book Award finalist. “The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza” will be published this fall. Signing at 1:30.

1:20-1:50 The author of more than 30 books for young people, including “The Golden Rule” and the “Absolutely Lucy” series, Ilene Cooper recently published “A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers and Changed the Country.” Cooper is also the children’s book editor at Booklist magazine.Signing at 2:30.

2:00-2:30 Brian Biggs has been an art director and graphic designer, an animator for multimedia projects, a teacher, writer and illustrator. His drawings have appeared in numerous books, such as “Brownie & Pearl,”the “Everything Goes” series and, most recently, Jon Scieszka’s “Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.”Signing at 3.

2:40-3:10 Andrea Beaty, the author of “Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau,” started her career at a computer software company. Her books “Rosie Revere, Engineer” and “Iggy Peck, Architect”encourage children to pursue careers in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Signing at 3:30.

3:20-3:50 Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. She is a community organizer, activist motivational speaker and author of “Growing Up X.” Shabazz is co-editor with Herb Boyd of “The Diary of Malcolm X,” and she worked with illustrator A.G. Ford on her new book, “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X.” She produces the Wake-Up Tour, a youth empowerment program, and is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises and a trustee for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.Signing at 4:30.

4:00-4:30 Jerry Craft’s “Mama’s Boyz” comic strip is distributed to more than 900 publications. He is the writer and/or illustrator of numerous children’s books, and his work has appeared in Essence and Ebony. His new book is “The Zero Degree Zombie Zone,” written by Patrik Henry Bass, editorial projects director at Essence magazine and the author of “Like a Mighty Stream: The March on Washington.” Signing at 5.

4:40-5:10 Eric Litwin, best known for his popular “Pete the Cat” series, has received numerous awards, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Litwin also plays guitar, sings and tells musical stories in the recordings “Smile at Your Neighbor” and “The Big Silly.”He is co-creator of the Learning Groove, which offers parent-and-child music classes and preschool music curriculum. Signing at 3:30.

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