In the afternoon more than 30 authors had signings for their books. It was very exciting to meet some of the authors of my favorite books! My kids were very excited, too, especially my oldest daughter. She’s inherited my love of reading.
First up is Brandon Mull, author of the very-popular Fablehaven series. Brandon stated on Facebook last week that he is currently working on the fifth Fablehaven book, which will be the last one. He’s also written a new book, The Candyshop War, about four kids who discover a candy store full of candy that has magical side effects.
Jessica Day George signed books for us, too. Jessica is the author of a fun and exciting series about dragons, starting with her debut novel Dragon Slippers. (The third in the series, Dragon Spear, just hit stores last week.) She’s also written some terrific fairy tales-turned-novels including Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Princess of the Midnight Ball. Meeting Jessica again was a real treat and she even remembered our names and how to spell them (we’d just met her the night before at the Dragon Spear launch party.)
Dean and Shannon Hale signed Rapunzel’s Revenge and Shannon autographed The Goose Girl. (I really like the lovely new Bayern covers!) They were wonderful to meet, also. Their Rapunzel illustrator, Nathan Hale, was busy on the other side of the room drawing requests for a long line of children. It was a pretty cool set up: he drew on a projector so his drawing and hands were magnified on the wall for everyone to see. It was amazing how fast he drew! Two of my kids requested a fairy and a snake:
He spent 2-3 minutes on each drawing, tops.
Aprilynne Pike signed her debut novel Wings for me. Wings has only been out a week or two but just hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Congratulations, Aprilynne!
We also got to meet Rick Walton, author-extraordinaire of more than 50 picture books. My 8-year-old son loves his book Bertie Was a Watchdog and was excited to get some autographed books from Bertie’s creator.
On our way out we met Laura Vaccaro Seeger, who gave the keynote address that morning. She was charming and friendly; my kids love her books. Here’s Laura:
The festival was chock-full of activities for children: coloring pages, bookmark-making, face painting, making pin-on buttons, and choosing a free book. Several storybook characters also wandered around in the crowd, making it extra fun for the kids (we spotted Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, and Count Olaf). The organizers of the Provo Children’s Book Festival couldn’t have done a better job. They created a wonderful annual event. My family will be back next year.