We are thrilled to share this year’s line-up of amazing children's book authors and illustrators for the 12th annual Children’s Festival of the Book. We are excited to welcome two-time Caldecott medalist Sophie Blackall who will co-headline this year’s Festival. Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than thirty books, including Hello Lighthouse, the 2019 Caldecott Medal winner, and Finding Winnie, for which she won the Caldecott medal in 2016, and the New York Times Best Illustrated books Big Red Lollipop and The Baby Tree, which she also wrote. Born in Australia, Sophie lives in Brooklyn with her children Olive and Edward.
With equal glee, the CFOB will welcome Brian Floca, author and illustrator of the award-winning of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award.
Local author Susan Adrian will also be there to share her newest book Forever Neverland, in which twelve-year-old Clover and her 11-year-old autistic brother Fergus discover they are descended from Wendy Darling and set off with Peter Pan for adventures in Neverland in an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of J.M Barrie's "Peter Pan." Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. During college she spent a year abroad at the University of Sussex in England–which started a lifelong fascination with all things British, particularly British stories for kids. These days she splits her time as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. Susan is the author of the holiday fantasy Nutcracked and two thrilling books for teens. She also keeps busy researching fun stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She’s visited London many times but hasn’t yet been invited to Neverland. You can find her at susanadrian.net and on Twitter.
More info may be found on the Bozeman Public Library's website.