Humboldt County Children's Author Festival

September 20 - October 23, 2021


Dear Author Festival Participant,

The Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival would like to thank you for your past involvement in the event that has become a much anticipated educational opportunity here on the north coast.

Due to Covid19, we currently find ourselves in the position of many organizations as we consider the wisdom of holding an event that brings people together and relies upon so many functioning parts. Between schools not being in session, travel being discouraged, and not really knowing when we can safely gather again, we have reached the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Author Festival to 2022. While October of 2021 is still a year away, the work of securing authors, making travel arrangements, booking event spaces, etc. would normally be underway at this time. Because of the uncertainty, our committee has agreed that the best option is to hold the event in 2022.

The good news is that we are planning some exciting virtual events for 2021 that we will be making available to schools. We are still in the planning phase, but our current plans include opportunities for students to interact with authors in a variety of ways. We will send out more information when we have a calendar of events ready to go.

We regret that we have had to make this difficult change, but we look forward to finding new ways to celebrate authors and books and look forward to being back in October 2022.


Becky Giacomini, Author Festival Co-Coordinator

Linda Lorvig, Author Festival Co-Coordinator

Joan Williams, Author Festival Co-Coordinator


We are pleased to accept the 2019 CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) Award of Merit. This award recognizes outstanding contributions of organizations toward the improvement of teaching English/language arts in California. The statewide award will be presented at the February Annual Convention in Los Angeles!

Welcome! The Humboldt County Children's Author Festival began in 1975 to bring well-known published authors to Humboldt County and arrange visits to schools where they could talk with students about their love of reading, the craft of writing, and to reinforce the idea that people create books, and that children and students can also write and illustrate books.

Though the original goal was to host a one-time festival, its popularity with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and the general public was such that the festival evolved into a biennial event.

Honoring our Authors!

One way we honor our authors is to host a dinner where they have an opportunity to see their books performed. And now you may enjoy Director Dr. Jean Bazemore and students of the Northcoast Preparatory Academy "Readers Theater" perform a sketch from four of the 25 books from the 25 national authors in attendance.

Proclamation Day

Oct 1, 2019. Proclamation Day @ the city of Eureka. Featuring Committee members and Mayor Susan Seaman.

For Full Proclamation GO HERE

Morris Graves Author/Illustrator Exhibit


Caroline Arnold, Bob Barner, Erik Brooks, Bethanie Murguia, and Jackie Urbanovic. And more!

Children are always free accompanied by an adult.

Morris Graves Museum

636 F Street, Eureka

Hours: Weds. - Sun. 12pm - 5pm

2019 Event Schedule

Oct 17-18

Authors Visit School Sites

60 Schools throughout Humboldt County receive an author visit!

Friday Oct 18th

Author Banquet

All 25 Authors will be honored at a banquet; a limited number of tickets may be purchased to attend.

Saturday Oct 19th

Book Sale & Author Signing & Prize Drawing

Humboldt County Library, Eureka.

Authors on site to sign your purchases!

1:30 PRIZE DRAWING. Tickets $1 each

Grand Prize: 25 Autographed Books - one from each author! 10 second prizes: one Autographed Book for each winner!


Books & Quilts

Raffle Ladies are getting their goods ready for next year! Thank you Open Heart Quilters for donating this Black & White and Read All Over quilt!

Author fest 2019 Business Ad PDF.pdf

GO HERE for our current Volunteer Spotlight.

Author Festival Committee

Becky Giacomini & Linda Lorvig, Chairpersons

Janine Randall, Secretary

Byrd Lochtie, Treasurer

Ann Wieland & Diane Larkin, Fundraising

JoAnn Bauer, Author Selection

Lucy Quinby & Peg Gardner, School Liaisons

Marsha Mielke, Web Coordinator

For full listing of Committee Members, Go HERE