Read on to learn more about some of the picture book authors that will be attending Book Fest!

Robin Barone is an author born and bred in Philadelphia who decided at an early age that she wanted to experience the world! Robin has had the opportunity to live in New York, Washington D.C., Buenos Aires, Paris, and Singapore in addition to visiting over 50 countries. Through all of her experiences, Robin recognized that there is an opportunity to teach children about the world through adventure-travel books. By learning about the world at an early age, children can develop respect for the diversity among us all.

To bring her vision to life, she partnered with the illustrator Robyn Mitchell, whose creative talents have captured the heart and soul of the project. With her instinct for detail and love of color, Robyn created a character who is timeless and embodies the book’s inquisitive personality and sense of adventure!

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Take flight with the adventurous Robin. Robin is ready to see the USA, and she wants you to join her. Follow her to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Rockies. Fly over towering skyscrapers and across gigantic bridges and historic landmarks. Have fun exploring and discovering all the wonderful cultures and traditions this land has to offer. She promises you a memorable journey full of learning, laughter, and love. Don’t let her fly alone; spread your wings and come along!

 

 

Evelyn B. Christensen is a former teacher with a doctorate in education who loves to make learning fun. She has designed several math games and authored more than 40 educational puzzle books, including Kentucky Puzzles: Bluegrass Brainteasers for Ages 6 to 106. Some of Ev’s favorite things are waterfalls, rainbows, snow, wildflowers, fireworks, and her native state of Kentucky. She lives with her husband in Lexington, KY.

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Marybeth is thrilled to have her cousin Martin come from out of state to visit her and her parents for twelve days of the Christmas holidays. They spend the time jam-packed with fun, showing Martin all over Kentucky. And each day, Marybeth gives Martin a gift to match the song (“The Twelve Days of Christmas”) and to help him remember Kentucky. The book is full of interesting information about the state—geography, history, culture, fun places to visit, and activities that reflect life in Kentucky.

 

 

 

Meghan Colvin lives in Ohio with her husband and three sons. She spends her days hiding from dinosaurs, avoiding volcanic lava, and being saved from the ever impending shark attack. During the times when her safety isn’t in question, Meghan can be found poolside watching her sons swim, at the library with her boys, or at the vet’s office with one of her family’s three pets. Meghan and her family have two dogs, Jethro and Penelope, and one cat, Jack. Meghan graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

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For the first time ever, Edison gets to pack his tackle box for a fishing trip with his dad. He worries about not having all the important things he will need. Edison thinks back on past fishing trips and gathers what he believes will be most important. After a great day fishing with his dad he realizes the most important thing he took with him wasn’t even in his tackle box, it was his dad.

 

 

 

 

Dawn Cusick writes children’s science books that celebrate the intersection of science and fun. Her books have won awards and recognition from national and state children’s choice competitions, the International Reading Association, the National Science Teacher’s Association, the Animal Behavior Society, and more. They have been reviewed and profiled in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and on NPR. Of much more importance, children (even reluctant readers) love her books! She lives in western North Carolina.

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It’s a Fungus Among Us celebrates the wild group of organisms that can turn ants into zombies and can eat everything from rocks to dead leaves. They also make cheese stretchy, add sour tastes to candy, and make bread rise. Historically, they’ve been blamed for the potato famine and the Salem witch trials. Some underground fungi can be seen from space, while other fungi have traveled through space. In the future, they may help save the environment because they can eat plastics in landfills, clean jet fuel from ocean crash sites, and remove radiation from nuclear accident sites. Includes an introduction to Humongous Fungus, the world’s largest organism, as well as experiments and activities.

 

 

 

Amanda Driscoll was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the author and illustrator of Duncan the Story Dragon (June 2015) and Wally Does Not Want a Haircut (July 2016), both from Knopf. She worked as a graphic designer at Humana and Providian. Now she has been solo with Driscoll Creative since 1997. She has two wonderful children, Madeline and Jack, and two rowdy rescue dogs who think they are children.

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Wally does not need a haircut. His hair is perfectly fine. Sure, it trips him up a tad and gathers a bit of greenery.
Still, Wally does NOT want a haircut.
But when his hair holds him back from the hoedown, he may have to reconsider.
This bright barnyard tale encourages facing your fears head-on.

 

 

 

Heather Henson was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky, and grew up at Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, which her father founded in 1950 and her family continues to operate. She is the author of many award-winning books for young readers, including That Book Woman, which won the prestigious Christopher Medal and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was a finalist for both the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. That Book Woman has been published in many languages around the world and is now part of the the 4th grade curriculum in South Korea.

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A picture book for 4-8 year olds celebrating the life of Stephen Bishop, the best known slave guide of Mammoth Cave during the 1840’s. The book is illustrated by 4-time Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier. The book is historical fiction, told from Stephen’s point of view, with an author’s note at the end with photographs and factual information about Stephen Bishop’s life. The book is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and was chosen by the KY Humanities Council to represent Kentucky in the Library of Congress’s Pavilion of States at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

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