Five children’s authors and illustrators will read from their works and sign books during the upcoming Bookworm Festival, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Spring Oaks Middle School, 2150 Shadowdale.
Doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with the Bookworm Festival program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Festival keynote speaker is author and illustrator Dan Santat, whose newest book is “A Crankenstein Valentine.”
The Bookworm Festival is designed as a fun event celebrating emerging readers, and those who write for them. Connecting young readers with authors in face-to-face gatherings like the Bookworm Festival is one way that SBISD is supporting and fostering the joy of reading. The festival will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Bookworm Festival authors include:
- Deborah Freedman. Author and illustrator Freedman has written three books, including “Scribble,” “Blue Chicken,” and “The Story of Fish & Snail (2013). Her newest book, “By Mouse & Frog,” will be released in April.
- Tad Hills. American writer and illustrator Hills has published nine books in the “Duck & Goose” series that began with a picture book, also titled “Duck & Goose.” He’s also written “How Rocket Learned to Read,” and a sequel, “Rocket Writes a Story.”
- Dan Santat. In addition to his new book, “A Crankenstein Valentine,” this children’s author may be best known for “The Guild of Geniuses,” and for creating the Disney Channel animated series, The Replacements.
- Jennifer Hamburg. Houston-based Hamburg is author of “A Moose That Says Moo,” her first book, and has also written for several television shows on Disney Junior, PBS and Nick Jr. She won two Emmy Awards as writing team member for Between the Lions.
- Dan Hanna. He illustrated the many “Pout-Pout Fish” series books. He has more than 10 years of experience in the animation industry, and his works and illustrations have appeared on BBC, America and the Cartoon Network.
SBISD families, especially those with young children, are encouraged to attend the festival. Blue Willow Books, a district partner, supports this special literacy event.