The Humboldt County Children's Author Festival began in 1975 with goals of bringing well-known, published authors to Humboldt County and enabling them to visit schools to talk with students about books and the business and craft of writing, and to reinforce the idea that people create books and that children and students can write as well as read.Begun as a one-time festival, its popularity with kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and the general public was such that the festival evolved into a biennial event.
Next October, 25 authors and illustrators will come to Humboldt from throughout California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Florida and Indiana. They will travel to 60 Humboldt County schools, talk about themselves and their work to thousands of school children, and spend a day at a public autographing session in the Main Library in Eureka, where their books can be purchased.On behalf of the Author Festival Committee, students, children, parents, teachers, librarians, and other Humboldt book-lovers, we thank this year's participating authors for coming to this festival.
How does all of this get accomplished?
For a full listing of our committee members, go HERE!
April 21st, HERC Center, HCOE
4:00 - 5:00PM
Find out which author is visiting your school. Learn and share tips on making your author's visit a success!
2015 Schedule of Events
25 Authors visit 60 Humboldt County Schools.
Friday Oct 16thAuthor Banquet
Authors will be honored at a banquet.
Don't miss out on Annual BOOK RAFFLE.
Grand Prize is a set of 25 autographed copies of books featuring our festival authors!
Ten 2nd Prizes of one autographed book.
Tickets are $1 each and will be available from the school site coordinators.
What are others across the country saying about author visits?
Malone (11th grade English Teacher) said the program allows her to expand her students’ exposure to literature outside the standard curriculum, especially because the works are more contemporary than those her students typically read. The visits have also helped to demystify the writing process. “One of the writers said that editing felt like drawing barbed wire across his eyeballs,” Malone recalled. “And it was such a grotesque image, but the kids totally agreed. They all said, ‘Yes, it’s the worst!’ To hear from someone who’s a successful writer and to hear about his writing process made them realize, ‘Okay, if it’s hard for me, too, that’s okay.’ ”
Extracted from: The Washington Post