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
25 Authors visit 60 Humboldt County Schools.
Friday Oct 20thAuthor Banquet
Authors will be honored at a banquet.
Grand Prize 25 Autographed Books. One from each author! 10 2nd Prizes. One Autograph Book.
Highlights from 2015 Author Reception, Potluck and Banquet!
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.’ ”