“Arthur” creator Marc Brown and author/illustrator Mo Willems will be @ the 2008 Savannah Children’s Book Festival.
Festival organizers announced the news today at the Bull Street Branch of Live Oak Public Libraries. Sure, the popular annual festival in Forsyth Park isn’t until Nov. 15, but these are two big names in children’s literature. So we couldn’t wait to tell you.
Marc Brown wrote and illustrated the bestselling Arthur books series, which started as bedtime stories Marc told his first son. One night the story was about an aardvark who disliked his nose. That aardvark was named Arthur. Some 30 books later, Marc also has a PBS Show based on his books and continues to win awards and entertain kids.
Mo Willems began as a writer on Sesame Street. He created Nickelodean’s “The Off-Beats,” Cartoon Network’s “Sheep in the Big City” and head-writes “Codename: Kids Next Door.”
But your kids probably know Mo Willems best for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!“and “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale”. He also wrote and illustrated “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” and too many more to name here.
Be sure to mark your calendars and stay in town Nov. 15!
The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.
For more festival info, call 912.652.3689 or click here.
Marc Brown and Mo Willems are among dozens of authors and illustrators in the festival lineup including:
Mike Thaler: “Letterman” from the “Electric Company” series and the “Black Lagoon” book series
Carmen Agra Deedy: “The Library Dragon” and “Growing up Cuban in Decatur Georgia”
Donald Crews: “Freight Train” and “Truck”
Katie Davis: “Who Hops?” and “The Curse of Addy McMahon”
Nancy Yi Fan: 13-year-old author of the bestseller “Swordbird” and its prequel “Sword Quest”
Charles Ghigna aka children’s author and poet “Father Goose”
Dr. Farrah Gray: “Reallionaire” and “Get Real, Get Rich: Conquer the 7 Myths Blocking Your Success”
The festival also features local authors, entertainment, costumed characters, a coastal writers circle and more.