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16th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival at MCC November 10, 2012

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Monroe Community College (MCC)
1000 E. Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY, 14623
United States
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The 16th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival will be held at Monroe Community College on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Come celebrate the 16th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival, recipient of Writers & Books’ Big Pencil Award for 2011!  

Please join us on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM in the Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College.

This will be a magical day packed with activities, presentations, and meeting those who write and illustrate books for children, tweens and teens.  Busy Bookworm offers craft activities; author and illustrator presentations take place in both the Brighton Room and in Excellus Presentation Place; and your favorite authors and illustrators read stories in Genesee Valley Parent Magazine’s Read to Me Corner.  In the Mall, chat with our more than 40 Festival participants.

The Festival is pleased to welcome first-timers Paul Acampora, Peter Catalanotto, Sheela Chari, Diane Kredensor, Matt Phelan and Lisa Wheeler. Returning authors include MJ and Herm Auch, Julie Berry, Bruce Coville, Cynthia DeFelice, James Howe, Steven Kellogg, Michelle Knudsen, Jeff Mack, Kate Messner, Mark Siegel , Mark Teague, and Jane Yolen.

Presenting Sponsor Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators is a group of local authors and illustrators. Members of that group who will once again be part of our festival include Marsha Hayles, Will Hubbell, Linda Sue Park, Robin Pulver,  Peggy Thomas, Vivian Vande Velde, and  Ellen Stoll Walsh.

Food is available for purchase in the food court. Festival admission and parking are free, thanks to our generous sponsors. The festival could not happen without them or without our faithful volunteers (more than 100!) and coordinators Herm Auch, Sarah Mead, Vicki Schultz, and Barbara Underhill.


Time     Presenter     Theme

10:30     Steven Kellogg    A Conversation with Steven Kellog

11:00     MJ & Herm Auch    The Buk-Buk-Buk Festival

11:30     Paul Acampora    Every Story Starts in Your Own Back Yard

12:00     Laurie Calkhoven    Outwitting the Gestapo

12:30     Jane Yolen    Poetry Reading

1:00     Sheela Chari    How to Write a Mystery

1:30     Bruce Coville    Writing Fantasy

2:00     Marsha Hayles    The Story Behind the Story of Breathing Room

2:30     Frank Cammuso    Graphic Novels & Comics

3:00     Matt McElligott   Re-animated Inventors

Genesee Valley Parent  Read To Me Corner

Time     Presenter     Theme

10:20    Terri Clifford    Celebrity Reader

10:40    Susan Beckhorn    Moose Power

11:00    Julie Cummins    Women Explorers

11:20    Michelle Knudsen    Big Mean Mike

11:40    Diane Kredensor    Ollie & Moon

12:00    Robin Pulver    Incapacitated Capitals

12:20    Peggy Thomas    Snow Dance

12:40    Suzanne Bloom    Oh! What a Surprise!

1:00    Kevin Kurtz     A Day on the Mountain

1:20    Rafe Martin    The Rough-Face Girl

1:40    Mark Shulman    Flashlight Monsters

2:00    Sally Valentine    There are No Buffalo in Buffalo

2:20    Daniel J. Mahoney    Monstergarten

2:40    Kate Messner    Over and Under the Snow

Brighton Room

Time     Presenter     Theme

11:00     Scott Gibala-Broxholm     Drawing Creepy Critters that Give You the Jitters

11:30    James Howe    Writing a Novel in Verse

12:00    Hubbell/Howell    What If You’re Ashamed of Your Human Self?

12:30    Peter Catalanotto    Sketching a Character

1:00      Jeff Mack    Many Stories, Many Styles

1:30    Matt Phelan    The Road to Around the World

2:00    Mark Siegel    Making Graphic Novels

2:30    Lisa Wheeler    Dino-Sports & Rhyming Shorts

3:00    Elizabeth Bluemle    Turn Your Pets and Parents into Picture Books!