Sunday, October 30, 2011

biggest ever rochester children's book festival

Rochester Childrens' Book Festival will be held at the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College's Brighton campus, Saturday, November 5,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In the past the free festival has drawn more than 5,000 from across upstate New York.

New this year will be storytelling, with one of Rochester's masters, Jay Stetzer, a mainstay at area schools who also has produced audio CDs.

Among  returning authors is Jane Yolen, a Massachusetts writer dubbed the Hans Christian Andersen and Aesop of America, who this year reached the milestone of having 300 books published.

She has won a Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her titles run the gamut from Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? to Dragon's Heart and a book for adults that is a tribute to her late husband (Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After).

The festival is sponsored by the Rochester Area Children's Writers and Illustrators.