Children's Festival of the Book 2021

The Festival is still happening!

The 13th annual Children's Festival of the Book at the Bozeman Public Library will feature children’s author Chris Barton and author/illustrator Don Tate, as well as local author Janet Fox. Because of Covid protocols, a few things have changed this year.

The authors will film “Live from the Library” presentations from the Bozeman Public Library to be made available to all elementary classrooms on Friday, November 12 and to the general public on the Library website until Friday, November 19. Chris, Don, and Janet will visit some selected schools in-person on Friday, November 12.

Families and all those interested in signed, personalized books can register for a selected time slot to buy books and have those books signed by our featured authors. This event will take place in the Library Community Room by registration only on Saturday, November 13. Times to be determined. Masks and social distancing strongly encouraged.

Books will be supplied by the Country Bookshelf, and a portion of book sales supports the Children's Festival of the Book.

For more information, please call the Children's Desk at 582-2404 or email Cindy Christin at

Writing Contest submission form 

Illustration Contest submission form 

Chris Barton


Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, Orbis Pictus honoree Dazzle Ships, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. His newest books include Fire Truck vs. DragonWhat Do You Do with a Voice Like That?All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the upcoming How to Make a Book (About My Dog). Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, where Chris has advocated for greater diversity in children’s literature by co-founding the Modern First Library program with BookPeople.  Visit Chris online at

Don Tate


Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including Carter Reads the NewspaperWhoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of InventionsThe Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, and many others. New titles include William Still and his Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad and Swish! The Slam-DunkingAlley-OopingHigh-Flying Harlem Globetrotters. Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers. Don lives with his family in Austin, Texas.  Visit Don online at

Janet Fox


Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle received starred reviews and the sequel, The Artifact Hunters was published in 2020. Her debut picture book Volcano Dreams is nonfiction set in Yellowstone National Park. Janet’s newest book, Carry Me Home, is a middle grade contemporary novel due out in 2021. Janet lives in Bozeman, Montana.  Visit Janet online at

The Children’s Festival of the Book is a free event devoted to children’s books that allows kids and families to hear award-winning, popular children’s authors and illustrators and includes writing and illustrating contests to foster children's creativity. The Festival is made possible by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Humanities Montana, Country Bookshelf, MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development, Magpie Guesthouse, Audrey Haight, Jane and Bill Quinn, and others who value the importance of children’s writers and illustrators. All who love children’s books are invited!