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Rochester Children's Book Festival: Rochester, NY - November 3, 2018
Over 40 children's authors and illustrators gathered for the Rochester Children's Book Festival at MCC, including Ammi-Joan Paquette
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Andrea Page (on right), seen here with volunteer Wendy
Barbara Dee
Bruce Coville
Carole Boston Weatherford
Charles Smith, Jr.
Dee Romito
Elizabeth Falk
Ellen Stoll Walsh
Frank Cammuso
Grace Lin and Marsha Hayles
Herm and MJ Auch
James Howe
James Preller and Bruce Coville
Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Vivian Vande Velde
Jeff Mack
Jeff Minerd and Damon Piletz
JN Courtney
Joan Baier
Joseph Bruchac
Joy Keller and Jackie Yeager
Judy Bradbury
Keely Hutton
Kevin Kurtz
Laurie Calkhoven
Linda Sue Park
Matt McEligott
Matt Phelan
Michael Peres and Glenn McCarty
Michelle Knudsen
Mylisa Larsen
Nikki Grimes
Peg Thomas
Robin Pulver
Rose O'Keefe, Joanne Insull, Vivian Vande Velde
Sally Valentine
Susan Beckhorn
T.R. Simon
Vivian Vande Velde with Wendy Dunham
Will Hubbell
The day was a celebration of Jane Yolen's 365 + books! Jane with award presented by Festival organizers Barbara Underhill and Vicki Schultz
There were costumed characters...
There was face painting
Book-related crafts
Monroe County Library System's wheel
And readings and presentations throughout the day. Volunteer Lisa with T.R. Simon
James Howe's presentation
Joanne Insull reading
Andrea Page presenting
Jeff Mack's presentation...
...including drawing
Matt McElligott
Frank Cammuso
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Keely Hutton
Kevin Kurtz
Joy Keller
Sally Valentine
Robin Pulver with an interactive reading, with help from husband Don and a member of the audience--as well as one of the many interpreters for the deaf
Elizabeth Falk
Susan Williams Beckhorn
It was a busy but fun day
Here are some of the volunteers who kept the day moving smoothly--there were over 100! Wendy with Barbara Underhill (Barbara is one of the co- directors of the Festival)
The other co-director, Vicki Schultz, with Donna Farrell who designed the festival logo seen on volunteers' shirts and also has her own book company "Read Your Story," that incorporates a person's own child into the pictures.
volunteer Emily
Arlene with Volunteer Coordinator Jim Chaize at Volunter HQ
Annie from LiftBridge Books, with volunteers Wendy and Katie
volunteers from Altrusa International of Rochester, who were collecting gently-used books as part of their literacy service.
And here are some of the lovely people who stopped by my table...
librarian Teresa Grey of St. Kateri
volunteer Laura
Somebody was giving away kazoos!
volunteer Cindy Zhe, librarian at St. Agnes in Avon
with son-in-law Chris, and my daughter Beth, who took many of the pictures of the day
Joy Keller took time off from autographing her books to visit