National Book Festival: Children’s pavilion


Illustration from Mark Teague’s “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad” (Blue Sky Press)
September 13, 2013
Saturday, Sept. 21

10:00-10:30 Fred Bowen is a KidsPost sports columnist for The Washington Post and the author of “Perfect Game,” the latest in his sports fiction series. A history major, he incorporates historical sports events into his novels. Signing at 11.

10:40-11:10 Kadir Nelson is an artist whose books have twice won Caldecott Honors. His debut as a writer, “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” won the Coretta Scott King Book Award. His new picture-book biography is “Nelson Mandela.” Signing at noon.

11:20-11:50 Katherine Applegate is the author of more than 100 books, including the “Remnants” and “Roscoe Riley Rules” series. She co-wrote the “Animorphs” series with her husband, Michael Grant. Her recent book “The One and Only Ivan” won the 2013 Newbery Medal. Signing at 12:30.

Noon-12:30 Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” “Lightship,” “The Racecar Alphabet” and, most recently, “Locomotive.” Signing at 1.

12:40-1:10 Jon Klassen won this year’s Caldecott Medal for his illustration of “This Is Not My Hat,” which he also wrote. His 2011 picture book, “I Want My Hat Back,” startled readers when the bear whose hat had been stolen ate the rabbit who stole it (off-page). Signing at 1:30.


Illustration from Mark Teague’s “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad” (Blue Sky Press)

1:20-1:50 Monica Brown and Rafael López wrote and illustrated “Tito Puente: King of Mambo/Rey del Mambo.” Brown, a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, is the author of several books for children, including “Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People” and “Waiting for the Biblioburro.” López is an illustrator who grew up immersed in the culture of Mexico City. He has illustrated U.S. stamps for the Postal Service, as well as the 2012 National Book Festival poster. Signing at 2:30.

2:00-2:30 Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are husband-and-wife collaborators who recently published “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.” Andrea is a writer whose novels include “With the Might of Angels” and “Bird in a Box.” Brian has illustrated several picture books, including “The Faithful Friend” and “In the Time of the Drums.” The two previously collaborated on “Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra,” a Caldecott Honor book. Signing at 3.

2:40-3:10 Oliver Jeffers wrote and illustrated “Lost and Found,” which was made into an animated short film. Born in Australia and raised in Northern Ireland, he now lives in Brooklyn. He most recently illustrated “The Day the Crayons Quit.” Signing at 3:30.

3:20-3:50 Paolo Bacigalupi is the writer of “The Windup Girl,” which won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and the National Book Award finalist “Zombie Baseball Beatdown.” Signing at 4:30.

4:00-4:30 Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm are brother-and-sister collaborators on the children’s graphic novel series “Babymouse” and “Squish”; their most recent volumes are “Extreme Babymouse” and “Squish: Game On!” Jennifer has also written the novels “Turtle in Paradise” and “Penny from Heaven,” as well as the “May Amelia” and “Boston Jane” series. Signing at 2.

4:40-5:10 Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated many children’s books, including “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” “Owen,” which received a Caldecott Honor, and, most recently, “Penny and Her Marble.” His book “Kitten’s First Full Moon” won the Caldecott Medal. Signing at 2.

5:20-5:50 William Wegman started his career thinking he would be a painter, but he has become widely known for his photographs of Weimaraner dogs in various guises and situations, beginning with his dog Man Ray. His newest book featuring dogs is “Flo & Wendell.” Signing at 2.


National Book Festival Book World Select-o-matic quiz
Sunday, Sept. 22

Noon -12:30 Giada De Laurentiis is a chef best known for her Food Network series “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home,” as well as her appearances on NBC’s “Today” show. This month she is releasing the first two books in her “Recipe for Adventure” books for children: “Naples!” and “Paris!Signing at 1.

12:40-1:10 Grace Lin won a Newbery Honor in 2010 for the Asian-inspired fantasy “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” Her new book is “Ling & Ting Share a Birthday.” Signing at 1:30.

1:20-1:50 Jon Scieszka’s books include “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.” Scieszka was the first national ambassador for young people’s literature in a program sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Children’s Book Council, and he is the founder of Guys Read, a book series and Web site that encourages boys to read more. Scieszka’s new book is “Guys Read: Other Worlds.” Signing at 2:30.

2:00-2:30 Suzy Lee is this year’s National Book Festival poster artist. Lee was born in Seoul, and her books — including “Shadow” and “Wave” — have been published internationally in many languages. Her recent work can be found in Jesse Klausmeier’s “Open This Little Book.” Signing at 3.

2:40-3:10 Christopher Myers won a Caldecott Honor in 1998 for his illustrations for “Harlem,” a poem written by his father, Walter Dean Myers, the current national ambassador for young people’s literature. He is the author and illustrator of “Black Cat,” winner of a Coretta Scott King Award, and he has just published “H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination.” Signing at 4.

3:20-3:50 Mark Teague has written and illustrated many children’s books, including “Dear Mrs. LaRue.” He is the illustrator of the “How Do Dinosaurs . . .?” series, written by Jane Yolen. The most recent book in the series is “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?Signing at 4:45.

4:00-4:30 Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome are husband-and-wife collaborators on many books — most recently, “Light in the Darkness,” a story of slaves and their determination to learn how to read and write. Ransome received the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for “The Creation” and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance award for “The Wagon.” Signing at 2.

4:40-5:10 Richard Peck has won both the Newbery Medal, for “A Year Down Yonder,” and the Margaret A. Edwards Award of the American Library Association, for his contribution to young adult literature. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. His new book is “The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail.” Signing at 2:30.

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