The GBF Children’s Villageis where your child’s literary adventure begins on May 20!
Can’t-miss author presentations and signings by award-winning children’s and teen authors, stage performances, writing workshops, crafts, games and contests, story time in multiple languages…the engagement, learning and fun never ends.
AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS- Presentation times and locations will be posted soon!
Brian Biggs – Author/illustrator, whose latest book is “Noisy Night.”
Phil Bildner – Author of numerous children’s picture books, including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize-winning “Marvelous Cornelius,” and introducing his new middle-grade novel, “Rookie of the Year.”
Fred Bowen – Washington Post sports columnist and author of 22 action-packed books, including his newest “Outside Shot.”
Molly Brooks – Illustrator of “Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared.”
Ruth Chan – Author and illustrator of “Georgie’s Best Bad Day.”
Doreen Cronin – Author of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” and “The Chicken Squad” series, including her latest, “Dark Shadows: Yes, Another Misadventure.”
Brian Floca – Author-illustrator of the Caldecott-winning “Locomotive” and “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” he’ll be featuring his newest book “Princess Cora and the Crocodile.”
Alexis Frederick-Frost – Co-author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed “Adventures in Cartooning” series, he’ll be sharing his latest, “Hocus Focus.”
Maria Gianferrari – Author of “Coyote Moon,” “Penny & Jelly” books, “Officer Katz & Houndini” and the forthcoming “Hello Goodbye Dog.”
Michael Hearst – Composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer whose most recent project includes the series: “Unusual Creatures,” “Extraordinary People” and “Curious Constructions.”
Gareth Hinds – Creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including “Beowulf,” “King Lear,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “Samurai Rising.”
Kimberly Willis Holt – Author of many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including “Dear Hank Williams,” “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town” and her latest, “Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel.”
Erin Entrada Kelly – Award-winning author of “Blackbird Fly” and “Land of Forgotten Girls.” Her newest book is “Hello, Universe.”
Falynn Koch – Author/illustrator for two books in the First Second science comic book series, “Bats: Learning to Fly” and “Plagues: Biological Battlefield.”
Debbie Levy – Author of the Sydney Taylor Award-winning “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark,” “We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song” and “Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race.”
Tom Lichtenheld – Author of popular “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” and its long-awaited New York Times best-selling sequel, “Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site.”
Lisa Martin – Author of the “Anton and Cecil” series, co-written with her aunt, Valerie Martin.
Juana Medina – Illustrator of “Smick!” by Doreen Cronin and author/illustrator of “One Big Salad” and the new, Pura Belpré award-winning “Juana & Lucas.”
Kate Messner – Author of the picture book “Over and Under the Pond” and “Over and Under the Snow,” illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.
Christopher Silas Neal – Award-winning author and illustrator of picture books, including “Over and Under the Pond” with Kate Messner.
Jerdine Nolen – Award-winning author of “Big Jabe,” “Thunder Rose,” “Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life” and “Eliza’s Freedom Road.”
Herman Parish – Herman Parish is carrying on his aunt Peggy Parish’s “Amelia Bedelia” tradition for a new generation of readers, adding 16 books about the grown-up Amelia and five picture books of her as a young girl.
Dave Roman – Editor and creator of the Science Comics series that will feature 25 graphic novels; and author/illustrator of the “Astronaut Academy” series and writer of the graphic novels “Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis” and “Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery.”
Leila Sales – Author of the middle grade time-travel novel “Once Was a Time,” as well as four YA novels.
Ted Sanders – Author of “The Keepers,” a middle-grade series, and a short story collection, “No Animals We Could Name.”
Susan Stockdale – Author/illustrator of eight picture books, including “Fantastic Flowers,” “Stripes of All Types,” “Fabulous Fishes” and “Bring On the Birds.”
Sheila Turnage – Award-winning author of “Three Times Lucky,” “The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing” and “The Odds of Getting Even.”
Chris Van Dusen – Creator of “The Circus Ship,” “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” and “Hattie & Hudson,” as well as illustrator of “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath” and the best-selling “Mercy Watson” series.
Alison Wilgus – Writer for comics and prose, whose “Flying Machines: How The Wright Brothers Soared ” is her latest book.
Ru Xu – Creator of the popular webcomic “Saint for Rent.” “NewsPrints” is her first graphic novel.
Salina Yoon – Author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children, including “Be A Friend,” “Penguin and Pinecone,” “Penguin on Vacation” and “My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories.”
Amalie Howard – Author of novels such as “Waterfell,” “The Almost Girl,” “Alpha Goddess” and “The Fallen Prince.”
Brigid Kemmerer – Author of the Elementals series; her most recent novel is “Letters to the Lost.”
Christine Kendall – “Riding Chance” is her first novel.
Michelle Knudsen – Best-selling author of 45 books for young readers, her new book is the YA sequel “Revenge of the Evil Librarian.”
Kimberly McCreight – Best-selling author of “The Outliers,” “Reconstructing Amelia” and her most recent book, “The Scattering.”
Meg Medina – Pura Belpré winner for YA novel “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” and picture book “Mango, Abuela and Me;” her latest novel is “Burn Baby Burn.”
Caroline Tung Richmond – Author of the YA novels “The Darkest Hour” and “The Only Thing to Fear.”
Lindsay Smith – Author of Cold War-era espionage novels “Sekret” and “Skandal,” her latest title is “A Darkly Beating Heart.”
Whitney Taylor – Author of “Definitions of Indefinable Things.”
Erin Teagan – Author of debut middle grade novel, “The Friendship Experiment.”
Booki Vivat – “Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom” is her first novel.
Carol Weston – An advice columnist at Girls’ Life since 1994, her latest novel is “Speed of Life.”
Books by the Festival’s Featured Authors will be available for purchase in the Politics and Prose Book Sales tent. We encourage you to visit and support this fabulous independent book store!
The Children’s Village will offer free writing workshops led by experts from local writing programs. Workshops will focus on activities such as how to create cool creatures, fiction “how to’s”, developing unique comic characters, making a sketchbook, and journal writing for young sports fans. Visit the Writing Workshops for Children page for details and schedule.
IMAGINATION STATION- schedule coming soon!
With storytelling, juggling, drama and dance performances, Imagination Station will bring literature to life:
Book Club for Kids with Kitty Felde: Watch a live, on-stage version of “Book Club for Kids,” a 20-minute podcast where students from local elementary schools will discuss Kimberly Willis Holt’s novel, “Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel,” with a celebrity reader and the author.
Penny Theater: Sponsored by the Quince Orchard Chapter of the Friends of the Library, Penny Theater will perform “Curious George” and “Little Red Hen.”
InterAct Story Theatre: Get into the act by participating in a riveting performance of Mañana Iguana, a Spanish and English storytelling drama. InterAct Story Theatre combines storytelling, drama and song to explore world cultures. They will be on hand the whole day to provide information about their programs.
Silly Goose and Val Smalkin: Ventriloquist Val Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical treat with puppets, dancing, singing and audience participation.
Mayor’s Book Club Award: The Mayor and Junior Mayor of Gaithersburg will present awards to the third grade student and class that read the most books in a four-week competition, followed by entertainment by the Gaithersburg Elementary School Chorus.
Nicolo the Jester of Nicolo Whimsey: With his blend of poetry, music, juggling, comedy, character acting and audience participation, Nick Newlin performs as Nicolo the Jester of Nicolo Whimsey on stage and will present a 30-Minute Shakespeare Book Series at his booth.
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy: An original contemporary ballet program choreographed by Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard is based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein.
Shannon Phelan: Once Upon A Pose, an imaginative adventure where children participate by acting out the story through yoga.
Twinbrook Tellers of the Dogwood 4H Club: Young storytellers do old-fashioned storytelling, with no books or props in hand.
Story Tapestries, Inc. with Arianna Ross: Eat your fill of stories with The Giggling, Wiggling Book Worm. Dance, Sing, Wiggle and Giggle as the book worm in you finds an exciting new story to read, write, draw, dance, make music, and of course tell other stories about. If you have a big imagination, love to tell tales, and want to learn more, sit down, settle in, and get ready to list and play. Discover the reader and writer in you!
MULTILINGUAL STORY TIME – languages and schedule coming soon!
The Story Time Tent is a place where children and families can enjoy listening to stories in a variety of languages read by students from The Universities at Shady Grove.
STORY HOUSE TROLLEY
Climb aboard the Story House Trolley to explore books about trolleys, trains, cars, buses and more. The unique space will feature wooden trains and tracks, crafts and costumes for creative selfies. Older kids should bring their knowledge of all things Hogwarts for a scavenger hunt throughout the Festival. Meet other wizards and uncover hidden clues in this literary game of magic.
WHERE’S WALDO? Scavenger Hunt
This popular activity returns, with Waldo hiding throughout the Festival. Pick up your scavenger hunt entry form at the Where’s Waldo Booth for a Children’s Village-wide Where’s Waldo hunt, sponsored by Candlewick Press. Children who find all of the Waldo cutouts around the festival grounds can enter a raffle to win a Waldo deluxe prize pack.
MORE NON-STOP ACTIVITIES
Tiny Chefs: Decorate chef hats and create cook books with our “Books for Cooks Corner.”
City of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee: Enter for a chance to win a basket of books for your Gaithersburg elementary or middle school’s library! Participate in engaging activities, and discover all that the City of Gaithersburg has to offer to area families.
Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital: Identify your special reading place by making a creative bookmark.
Modern Eyes, LLC: Free vision screenings for kids and adults.
Montgomery College Early Childhood Club: Join them in the Cat In The Hat and Friends Tent to learn more about the importance of reading to your child, enjoy story time, get your picture taken with the Cat In The Hat, do crafts or play a game.
National Federation for the Blind: Learn how to read with Braille.
Pets On Wheels: Bring your favorite book and read to dogs.
Scholastic Book Fairs: Take a picture with Clifford the Big Red Dog, color, listen to a story or participate in Chalk Talks.
St. Martin’s School: Stop by our booth and “Go Wild,” make a craft, take a selfie and learn about the wonderful academic programs at SMS.
The Little Gym: Book and music activities from their Wonderkids Club and Kindermusick programs.
Be a sportswriter. Cover your own team or even a pro team. Discover more about your sport, yourself, and the joy of writing. And create a memory book you’ll want to have your whole life. We’ll supply the journals!
Students have different talents and interests, and this workshop will help them harness all of it into a fun series of how-tos. The key to this exercise is to get students thinking about what lesson, exactly, they can share with their peers and the world at large. Each of the participants will learn how to make a small pocket-size book of collective knowledge in zine-form.
Dave Roman and Alexis Frederick-Frost
Join author Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) and Alexis Frederick-Frost (Adventures in Cartooning) for an interactive workshop that’s all about developing unique characters and collaborating with fellow artists to create unexpected comic stories full of twists and turns. Come ready to draw!
Can't stop reading graphic novels? Good! Come check out some outstanding recently published graphic novels. Learn about our state's graphic novel book award. Explore the different elements found on a page of a comic. Create a one page comic of your own with help from special guest Dave Roman!
Carol Westreich Solomon
Do your characters come alive on the page? Make your characters memorable by giving them more than just names, ages, and hair color. Through a guided prompt, invent details that create dimension in your characters.
Kids will learn about the elements of a Really Boring Book...and how to avoid accidentally writing one! In the course of this workshop, elementary age students will learn about plotting, pacing, humor, and how to sneak in a little bit of educational value without taking away from the pleasure a reader experiences. The workshop will be highly interactive and include elements of improvisational drama to help generate NOT-boring ideas.
Book dummies are books that are mocked up in order to show an editor, agent or publisher what a book might look like when finished. Book dummies can be very rough or look almost exactly like a published book. Timothy Young will show samples of some dummies (including pop-up books!) and help students to make their own.
LEGO Education StoryStarter is a hands-on learning tool that enhances elementary students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by using LEGO bricks from the LEGO Education StoryStarters set. Participants will build a story, and also receive a workshop kit that they can take home!
Harold "Corky" Logsdon and Kristen Egan
Participants will experience the exciting path from how ideas from a walk down an isolated lane in a marsh can be turned into a piece of literary art in the form of a children's picture book. From writing to drawing the author and illustrator will bring their book "Marsh Mellow" to life. Kristen will direct the children through their drawing a blue heron (or other) set in the marsh setting. If time permits, Corky will guide the children as they answer the question "When I grow up I …” and add it to their own drawing they can take home.
In this workshop Writopia instructors will help college-bound high schoolers identify unique and meaningful personal stories and tell them in their authentic voices. Instructors provide guidance on structure and editing and will help students explore themes, expand on ideas and create drafts.
The DC Youth Slam Team
Spoken word poetry has inspired many generations to step up to the blank page and express themselves, and then take the mic on stage to perform that poetic expression. Teens from the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team will lead this writing workshop with help from their coach, hoping to engage and inspire participants with creative writing that rises up from the page. Participants will write and share poetry based on prompts and activities developed by the Slam Team. No experience necessary, but having fun is mandatory.
Make your very own pop-up book! Join Robert Sabuda for a special workshop as everyone gets busy making their own pop-ups. Robert will teach a variety of simple techniques that can be used for making cards, invitations and, with a little practice and imagination, your very own book!
Do you like writing fantasy?, realistic fiction? , or are dystopian worlds more your style? If you do, then this workshop is for you! Writers will be encouraged to create a piece of fiction through original Writopia creative writing games while getting stellar feedback from published authors trained in our method. At the end of the workshop, writers are encouraged to read their work and receive constructive feedback from fellow writers and instructors.
Ages 12 - 18
For more than a century, artists and storytellers have been taking stories that existed in their heads and placed them into a series of panels to make comic strips and books. In this workshop, children will learn how to craft their own comic books, starting with an idea and characters that exist in some continuous space and moving them into a series of moments that tell an exciting and engaging story. The workshop will cover the process of making a comic book – from an idea to a story and even to the printing, folding and stapling – in order to encourage them to make their own whenever they have a story to tell.
Children will be provided a short intro to the concept of book arts and will create their own artist’s “tunnel book”. Participants will be challenged to create a book in this 3-D format, as well as to integrate the shape of the book with their story. For younger children, pre-cut and assembled templates will be provided.
In this workshop Writopia instructors will help college bound high schoolers identify unique and meaningful personal stories and tell them in their authentic voices. Instructors provide guidance on structure and editing and will help students explore themes, expand on ideas and create drafts.
7 years and up
This workshop will have discussions about the art of comic book covers along with an ink and color showcase. The workshop will discuss how an Inker adds dimension to an illustration by defining the moods and setting of the penciler’s drawing. The presenters will also discuss how a Colorist takes photocopies of layouts after that have been inked and prepare them for printing, and coding the pages for color separation. During the ink and color portion of the workshop, participants will be able to choose 1 pre-drawn comic book sketch cover print to ink and color themselves.
Award-winning children’s and teen authors will speak about their recent books and interact with audiences in the Jim Henson and Willa Cather Pavilions throughout the day. Each presentation will be followed by a book signing. All books will be available for purchase in the Politics and Prose Book Sales Tent. We encourage you to support this fabulous independent book store.
In the GBF Children’s Village, you will also find a literary sea of activities, workshops and performances brought to us by multiple sponsors. They are designed to engage and stimulate your child’s book curiosity and interest in reading and writing.
A random assortment of titles from our 2017 authors
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
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