I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in “Children’s Book Day” at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside twice over the the past several years. I encourage any children’s book lover to come spend the afternoon with more than 60 children’s book authors and illustrators in the beautiful riverfront setting of Sunnyside, about one mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. Put together by the dynamic duo of Susan Brandes and Beth Vetare-Civitello, The 11th Annual Children’s Book Day is a festival for young readers, families, and friends, who can meet authors and illustrators, get books signed, spend too much money, listen to music, watch performances, or just stroll the historic grounds.
The date is Sunday, September 28th, from 11:00 – 5:00. For more information, as my friend Greg Ruth would say, click furiously here!
This year’s authors and illustrators will include: Nick Bruel, author/illustrator of Bad Kitty; Gail Carson Levine, author of Ever; Raul Colon, illustrator of Play Ball; Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves; James Howe, Bunnicula; plus Jerry Pinkney, Tor Seidler, Hudson Talbott, Peter Sis, Jules Feiffer, Jean Van Leeuwen, Ed Young, Dan Greenburg, Tony Abbott, Susan Jeffers, Bruce Degan, Todd Strasser, G. Brian Karas, and many, many more
By the way, Beth and Susan guarantee beautiful weather. No, I don’t know how they do it, either.