037: Sheboygan Children Book Festival – A World of Wonders

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Wisconsin’s only free children’s book festival returns to the Bookworm Gardens, Mead Public Library and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. on Oct. 9-11.

The three-day Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival provides an opportunity for area youth and their families to explore the world of children’s books through activities and presentations by award-winning national authors and illustrators.

This year’s theme is “A World of Wonders” and festival-goers will be able to create their own World of Wonders travel journal as they collect author/illustrator trading cards while experiencing the 50-plus events including readings, writing and art-making workshops.

Friday night, Oct. 9, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center will host the Justin Roberts Bedtime concert. Roberts is a two-time Grammy nominee and a picture book author. The concert is free but tickets will be made available an hour before the show at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as seating is limited.

Saturday, Oct. 10, is a full day of events including presentations by New York Times best-selling picture book illustrator Christian Robinson who designed this year’s festival poster.

Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Bookworm Gardens, Green Bay picture book author Miranda Paul will read her latest book, Water Is Water, and participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Water Is Water Garden featuring her book.

In partnership with the Weill Center, the festival’s closing event is a Sunday afternoon performance of Story Pirates. Two hundred free admission vouchers for children will be made available at all three Sheboygan Children Book Festival venues.

Learn more about the children’s and teen’s activities, including meeting your favorite children’s book characters and book signing events at sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org.

Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival 2015 Video


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Specific Events and Times for the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival include:


Friday, October 9

Bookworm Gardens:

4:30-5:15 p.m. – In The Canyon with Liz Garton Scanlon and Ashley Wolff (Reading/Talk)


John Michael Kohler Arts Center:

6:30-7:15 p.m. – Bedtime Concert and Sing-along with Justin Roberts


Saturday, October 10

Mead Public Library:

10-10:45 a.m. – Wonder, Bewilderment, and The Great Good Summer with Liz Garton Scanlon (Talk)

10-10:45 a.m. – Stories and Art with Picture Book Illustrator Christian Robinson (Reading/Talk/Art Demo)

11-11:45 a.m. – Here Be Dragons with Tui Sutherland (Talk)

11-11:45 a.m. – Journaling and Sketching Wonders From the Real World with Lita Judge (Talk)

Noon-12:45 p.m. – Killer Adventures with Michael Spradlin (Talk)

12:30-1:15 p.m. – Getting into Graphic Novels with Laura Lee Gulledge (Talk & Demo)

12:30-1:15 p.m. – Beyond the Books with Miranda Paul (Reading and Talk)

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Eyeball to Eyeball with Tricia Springstubb (Talk)

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Stories & Art with Author/Illustrator Ashley Wolff (Talk & Demo)

2:30-3:15 p.m. – Flawed Heroes and Cautionary Tales with Ann Angel (Talk)

2:30-3:15 p.m. – Rhyme and Punishment with Kenn Nesbitt (Talk)

3:30-4:15 p.m. – Mini-Comics Workshop with Laura Lee Gulledge (demo/participation)


Bookworm Gardens:

10-10:45 a.m. – Go Find Nature with Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer (Talk)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Flip, Float, Fly! With JoAnn Early Macken (Reading /Talk & Hands-On Activity)

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Hands On Nature Journaling/Sketching with Lita Judge (Talk and Hands On Activity)


John Michael Kohler Arts Center:

10:15-11:15 a.m. – The Art of Animals with Ashley Wolff (Art-making workship)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Who Knew Children’s Books Could Be So Much Fun? With Ken Nesbitt (Talk)

12:30-1:30 p.m. – In the Art Studio with Christian Robinson (Art-making workshop)

2-2:45 p.m. – Creating Worlds of Wonder: Four authors in conversation with Mitch Teich (Panel)


Sunday, October 11

Bookworm Gardens:

10-10-45 a.m. – Water is Water Garden Ribbon-cutting Ceremony with Miranda Paul (Author Talk/Reading and Garden Dedication)


John Michael Kohler Arts Center

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Fantastical Feathers Art Making Workshop with Andrea Skyberg (Demo; Hands On Art-making workshop)


Mead Public Library

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Lively Nonfiction (Thanks to Poetry & Storytelling) with JoAnn Early Macken (Writing Workshop for Adults)

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Do You Want to Know a Secret? With Ann Angel (Writing Workshop for Teens)


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