Readers get up close with author-illustrators at Bookworm Festival

March 19, 2019

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison (left) signs a copy of her picture book, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, for two young visitors during the sixth annual Bookworm Festival on Feb. 2 at Jersey Village High School. More than 1,100 participants attended the festival, which celebrated picture books and featured seven author-illustrators. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)
Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison (left) signs a copy of her picture book, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, for two young visitors during the sixth annual Bookworm Festival on Feb. 2 at Jersey Village High School. More than 1,100 participants attended the festival, which celebrated picture books and featured seven author-illustrators. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)

March 19, 2019—More than 1,100 participants came together for the sixth annual Bookworm Festival, which was held in February at Jersey Village High School as a celebration of picture books.

Seven author-illustrators were on hand to speak to and visit with attendees: Vashti Harrison, David Shannon, Melanie Scales, David Ezra Stein, Katie Yamasaki, Lita Judge, Julia Sarcone-Roach and Ame Dyckman. Shannon delivered the keynote address at the festival, while the special guests were able to formally introduce themselves during two panel discussions.

Author Illustrator Ame Dyckman speaks during a panel discussion at the sixth annual Bookworm Festival. The celebration of picture books was held in February at Jersey Village High School, with Dyckman and six other author-illustrators on hand to meet young readers. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)
Author Illustrator Ame Dyckman speaks during a panel discussion at the sixth annual Bookworm Festival. The celebration of picture books was held in February at Jersey Village High School, with Dyckman and six other author-illustrators on hand to meet young readers. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)

Following the discussions, each author-illustrator settled at separate tables where each interacted with readers and took photos. Young readers and other festival attendees were able to purchase copies of books from the visiting author-illustrators and even get the copies signed at the end of the program.

Seven author-illustrators were featured guests at the sixth annual Bookworm Festival on Feb. 2 at Jersey Village High School, which celebrated picture books. Author-illustrators were (front row from left) Katie Yamasaki, Lita Judge, Julia Sarcone-Roach, Ame Dyckman, (back row from left) Vashti Harrison, David Shannon, Melanie Scales and David Ezra Stein. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)
Seven author-illustrators were featured guests at the sixth annual Bookworm Festival on Feb. 2 at Jersey Village High School, which celebrated picture books. Author-illustrators were (front row from left) Katie Yamasaki, Lita Judge, Julia Sarcone-Roach, Ame Dyckman, (back row from left) Vashti Harrison, David Shannon, Melanie Scales and David Ezra Stein. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)

“It was so exciting to see so many young students bringing their parents to see, hear and even meet the authors,” said Diane Garland, assistant director of curriculum and instruction. “I believe this experience will stay with them a lifetime and will encourage them to continue to love to read.”

Author-illustrator David Ezra Stein (left) visits with a young reader during the sixth annual Bookworm Festival. Stein and six other author-illustrators visited with more than 1,100 attendees at the festival, which celebrates picture books. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)
Author-illustrator David Ezra Stein (left) visits with a young reader during the sixth annual Bookworm Festival. Stein and six other author-illustrators visited with more than 1,100 attendees at the festival, which celebrates picture books. (Photo courtesy Two Cats Communication)

 

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