Vivian Vande Velde
Returning author, Vivian Vande Velde resides in Rochester. She is involved in multiple circles/groups of young writers in the Rochester area.
Her novels and short story collections usually contain elements of horror, fantasy, and humor. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She has said that she enjoys writing for children. She does school talks for children, attends book conventions, and also gives writing classes.
We are honored to have her back for the 2020 Canandaigua Children’s Book Fest.
A native of Rochester and former Rochester City School District teacher, Sally Valentine’s books help children learn more about the city she loves. Join us in enjoying her mysteries set in various locations in Rochester.
At our last Book Fest we highlighted her book of poems for children about places in New York State, titled There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo.
Former English teacher, Marsha Hayles is the author of several books for young children and lives in the Rochester area. She enjoys writing in rhyme for young children. We agree with Marsha that her lines seem to click together like an interlocking puzzle and form something new and pleasing to the ear.
We are excited she can join us for our 2020 Book Fest this year.
Margo Fass is a signature member of the Rochester Art Club, she also taught the Creative Workshop at Rochester Memorial Art Gallery.
Fass’s art and Rochester homes have been featured on tours and in local newspapers. Her works, including commissions, are in private collections in Rochester, Chicago, and New York City.
Her first book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic, is based on an idea inspired by her husband of 50 years, Martin Fass. During the book’s production, she held a public showing of earlier and final versions of her 16 original oil paintings on canvas used for the illustrations.
Endangered species, including frogs, are among Fass’s passions. Her innate awareness and celebration of the cycles of life, the planet, and organisms throughout are reflected in this delightfully and whimsically illustrated tale. She hopes this book will bring joy, healing and raise readers’ consciousness about the preciousness of each unique life.
You will thoroughly enjoy meeting Margo Fass.
Nancy Lane has been drawing since she was six years old. She began her career by drawing animals. She has spent 30 years as an illustrator of more than 24 picture books, as well as book covers and magazine stories. Now she focuses her time on her own paintings and commissioned work. Nancy also teachers groups and individuals to draw and paint right here in the Finger Lakes.
Nancy hopes her paintings inspire in the viewer empathy and respect for our natural environment, for animals, and for each other.
This will be Nancy’s second Community Reading Partnership event.
Elaine Verstraete creates art and illustration from her studio in Middlesex, New York. Currently she teaches illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. Elaine’s illustrations appear in numerous children’s books. Her work also appears on Wegmans brand product labels and numerous Rochester-area festival posters, including the Lilac Festival.
Come meet Elaine and draw what you love with us.
Kevin Coolidge is not just the owner of From My Shelf Books & Gifts. He’s also the author of twelve children’s books.
Kevin resides in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania just a short hike from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. When he’s not writing, you can find him at the bookstore which he could not run without his lovely wife, several helpful employees, and two friendly bookstore cats, Huck & Finn.
“The Totally Ninja Raccoons” is a series of early chapter books, target audience first through fourth grade. The books are specially structured to encourage reluctant readers.Each book has the Totally Ninja Raccoons encountering a cryptid — a creature from folklore or mythology, whose existence is not currently confirmed by modern science. The “monsters” are presented in a fun, not-too-scary way, and readers are encouraged to do their own research to make up their minds about the possible existence of Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, the Loch Ness monster, and others.