National Book Festival author schedule: Children

By National Book Festival Authors
Sunday, September 19, 2010; BW04

10 A.M.


The story that began at last year's festival concludes here. Katherine Paterson, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, wrote the final episode. She will be joined by other "Team Corpse" authors and illustrators: M.T. Anderson, Timothy Basil Ering, Linda Sue Park and James Ransome. The whole tale up to the grand finale is available at Signing 12 p.m.

11 A.M.


Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than 20 books for kids and teens, including "Running Out of Time," the "Shadow Children" series and "Found," which is the first book in a new series called "The Missing." Her most recent books are "Claim to Fame" and "The 39 Clues: Book 10, Into the Gauntlet." Haddix will also appear in Children at 3:15 p.m. Signing 12 p.m.


Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Award in 2002 for "A Single Shard." She is the author of "The 39 Clues: Book 9, Storm Warning." She is also a contributor to "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." Park will also appear in Children at 10 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

11:50 A.M.


From his Village Voice editorial cartoons to his plays and screenplays, Jules Feiffer's satirical outlook has influenced countless others. Most recently, he illustrated Norton Juster's "The Odious Ogre" and published a memoir, "Backing into Forward." Feiffer will also appear in the Contemporary Life pavilion at 12:55 p.m. Signing 2 p.m.


Though he made his career as an architect, Norton Juster began writing seriously as a young man in the Navy. His first book, "The Phantom Tollbooth," illustrated by Jules Feiffer, was published in 1961. His most recent book is "The Odious Ogre," also illustrated by Feiffer. Signing 2 p.m.

12:40 P.M.


Pat Mora founded the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day, which culminates in celebrations across the country on April 30. "Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico!," Mora's collection about foods from the Americas, won the Américas Award and was an ALA Notable book. "Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart" received a Pura Belpré Author Honor Award and a Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Signing 2 p.m.

1:15 P.M.


Marilyn Nelson has won many awards for her poetry, which she writes both for adults ("The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems") and children ("The Cat Walked Through the Casserole and Other Poems for Children"). Her latest book for kids is "Snook Alone," which is illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Signing 11:30 a.m.


Timothy Basil Ering has illustrated numerous books for children of all ages, including the Newbery Award-winning "The Tale of Despereaux," by Kate DiCamillo; "Finn Throws a Fit!" by David Elliott; and "Snook Alone," by Marilyn Nelson. He is the illustrator and author of "Necks Out for Adventure!" and "The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone," which has been adapted for the stage. He is a contributing illustrator to "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." Ering will also appear in Children at 10 a.m. Signing 11:30 a.m.

2:05 P.M.


Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England and returned to Australia in 1970. Her first book, "Possum Magic," is the best-selling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of more than 4 million. In the United States, "Time for Bed" and "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" have each sold over a million copies. Fox has written more than 35 picture books for children and five nonfiction books for adults, including "Reading Magic." Her latest book is "Let's Count Goats." Signing 11 a.m.

2:40 P.M.


James Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book "The Creation." He has received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for "Uncle Jed's Barbershop," which was selected as an ALA Notable Book. His most recent book is "Gunner: Football Hero." He is a contributing illustrator to "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." Ransome will also appear in this pavilion at 10 a.m. Signing 12 p.m.

3:15 P.M.


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3:50 P.M.


Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. She has won numerous awards and has given readers such characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two definitive editions and created an unforgettable world for grownups and kids alike in "Voyage to the Bunny Planet." Her latest books are "Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book"; "My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood," written with Secundino Fernandez and illustrated by Peter Ferguson; and "On the Blue Comet," illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Signing 1 p.m.

4:25 P.M.


"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," Judith Viorst's most famous children's book, was first published in 1972 and has sold more than 2 million copies. Her other children's books include "The Tenth Good Thing About Barney," "The Alphabet from Z to A" and the "Alexander" stories, including "Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday." Her most recent work is "Lulu and the Brontosaurus." She lives in Washington, D.C. Signing 2 p.m.

5:00 P.M.


Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating children's books since 1964 and has received one Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King awards and four Coretta Scott King Honor awards. In addition to his work in children's books, Pinkney has had more than 30 one-man retrospectives. His most recent book is "Three Little Kittens." Signing 2 p.m.

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