You and your family will not want to miss the Book Festival and all the programs we have planned for children. Join us on the lawn in the Quad, between Doyle Library and the SRJC Bookstore.
10:30 am: Sonoma Country Day School Readers Theater
11:00 am: Author Kathryn Otoshi
11:30 am: Storyteller Diane Ferlatte
12:30 pm: Author Mac Barnett
1:30 pm: Authors Natasha Yim and Janie Havemeyer
2:00 pm: Puppet Art Theater: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Children’s Authors & Performers:
Mac Barnett – Meet & greet with this ever-popular author! Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages in Count the Monkeys. Full of fun reader interactions, this newest title from the author of the bestselling Extra Yarn keeps readers guessing until the very last page!
Kathryn Otoshi is a children’s book author and illustrator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her book “One”, winner of 15 awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and the Teacher’s Choice Award, is an anti-bullying which book introducing colors, numbers, and counting while playing on larger themes of acceptance, tolerance, and the power of one voice. Her newest book, “Zero”, is about finding value in ourselves and in others. Otoshi’s other books include “What Emily Saw”, “Simon & the Sock Monster”, “Marcello the Movie Mouse”, “The Saddest Little Robot”, and “Maneki Neko: the Tale of the Beckoning Cat.”
Sonoma Country Day School is an independent, coed prep school for kindergarten through eighth grades, serving approximately 250 students. Founded in 1983, it moved to a 19-acre campus in north Santa Rosa in 2000. It is the only independent elementary school of its kind in Sonoma County. For the second year in a row, the third grade class will be presenting two short Readers Theater performances.
Diane Ferlatte - Accompanied by musical sidekick Erik Pearson on banjo & guitar, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, winner of a multitude of national awards for her recordings and performances, will share a few of her favorite stories and songs, some of which can be found in your local library.
Natasha Yim is the author of Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2000, ages 4 – 7), a Kids’ Pick of the Lists selection, Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 2011, ages 9 – 13), and Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012, ages 9 – 13). She has also written for the children’s magazines Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Faces. Natasha’s next picture book Goldy Luck and The Three Pandas, a Junior Library Guild selection, will be released by Charlesbridge Publishing in January 2014.
Janie Havemeyer has worked as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an elementary school teacher, a social studies curriculum designer and a literacy tutor. She writes narrative nonfiction books for kids, and is busy thinking about the next eccentric character whose story she wants to tell. Janie is the author of Catherine de’ Medici “The Black Queen,” and Njinga “The Warrior Queen,” in the series The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames.
Puppet Art Theater – Under the artistic direction of Art Grueneberger, Puppet Art Theater Company performs hundreds of live performances for family audiences every year. Their shows tour to theaters, festivals, and public events all over California. With a keen sense of humor and a flair for drama, Grueneberger is a master at developing marvelous puppet shows that delight audiences of all ages.The company also builds and tours fantastic educational shows for government agencies, corporations and other organizations that deliver important educational messages to elementary school students.