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.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Robert San Souci,
who has supported and attended our Festival since it began. See full obit HERE.
2015 Schedule of Events
Oct 15-18th Author Visits to School Sites.
25 Authors visit 60 Humboldt County Schools.
Friday Oct 16thAuthor Banquet
Authors will be honored at a banquet.
Saturday Oct 17th
Author Signing Book Sale & Prize Drawing,
Humboldt County Library.
Purchase books & have them signed personally by the authors.
1:30 PRIZE DRAWING
Grand Prize 25 Autographed Books. One from each author!
10 2nd Prizes. One Autograph Book.
2:00 Close Out Book Sale.
SCHOOL SITE COORDINATOR'S MEETING
April 21st, HCOE!
Find out which author is visiting your school. Learn and share tips on making your author's visit a success!
for School Site Coordinators and Families are available!
School Site Coordinators! ORDER HERE!
Families ! ORDER HERE!
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
Oct 19-22, 2011 Authors Transport Us
For More Author Festival History: Click Here!
Excerpts from a letter written to the committee.
If any of you have looked at my website then you know I have spoken at a great many events since I was first published in 1998, but never have I met a more wonderful, warm, welcoming group of volunteers or experienced such a well organized festival. The entire event was a joy! I can only imagine what a tremendous amount of work went into putting such an event together. There was so much to coordinate and decide upon, yet it all went like clockwork. School selection, hotel, meals - nothing could have been any better.
Many, many thanks for including me.