virtual Festival
Saturday, November 6, 2021 

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Special thanks to Juliette Zygarowicz for this video

**Information about registering for this year's virtual festival will be made available closer to the event! Please follow us on social media to be kept up to date!**

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These are trying times for everyone. We hope by attending the RCBF’s virtual book festival, Kids’ Books ROC, you and your children will immerse yourselves in the world of books for a day. Presentations for all ages will take place throughout the day with many of your favorite local and guest authors.

Panels of authors and illustrators will discuss how they create their picture books, chapter books, and novels, and many other topics. For our younger audience, the popular Read to Me Corner sessions will showcase authors and illustrators reading their picture books. One session will even offer sing-alongs!

Signed books will be available for purchase throughout the event on-line or in-store at Lift Bridge Book Shop. Please help us spread the word to friends and family across the nation so they can join in the fun. You can register here for our crowdcast event as the date gets closer. We hope to see you on November 6th!​

Kids’ Books Roc – RCBF Virtual Book Festival Schedule (Subject to Change)


Meet The Authors & Illustrators!


10:00 AM

 Room 1 

Read To Me Corner – Picture Book Stories Read By The Author

  • Annette Dunn

  • Susannah Buhrman-Deever

  • Unseld Robinson


 Room 2 

Picture Books: How Are You Feeling? Coping With Emotions

  • Heidi Stemple

  • Jane Yolen

  • Susan Verde

  • James Howe



11:00 AM


 Room 1 

Graphic Fiction: Drawing Demonstration  (Interactive – Pencil And Paper Required)

  • Frank Cammuso

  • Steve Ellis

  • Brian Yanish

 Room 2 

For Our Younger Book Lovers: Stories and Songs (Interactive)

  • Iza Trapani

  • Tiffany Polino and Margaret Pence



12:00 PM


 Room 1 

Fantastical Fantasy for Middle Grade Readers

  • Vivian Vande Velde

  • Sheela Chari

  • Bruce Coville


 Room 2 

Historical Fiction – Fact and Fiction Storytelling

  • Keely Hutton

  • Sibby Falk

  • Sue Beckhorn

  • Marsha Hayles


1:00 PM


 Room 1 

Diverse Themes in Middle Grade Literature

  • Alex Sanchez

  • Lesa Cline-Ransome

  • MJ and Herm Auch

  • Leslie C. Youngblood


 Room 2 

How Authors Use Poetry and Verse To Tell A Story

  • Linda Sue Park

  • Joseph Bruchac

  • Nikki Grimes



2:00 PM

 Room 1 

Picture Books: Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Susannah Buhrman-Deever

  • Kevin Kurtz

  • Mylisa Larsen


 Room 2 

Get Hooked on Chapter Books: Mysteries, Non-Fiction, and Humor

  • James Preller

  • Laurie Calkhoven

  • Michelle Knudsen

  • Judy Bradbury



3:00 PM


 Room 1 

Doing It All: Writing and Illustrating Your Books

  • Jeff Mack

  • James Ransome


 Room 2 

How Picture Book Authors and Illustrators Work Together

  • Peggy Thomas

  • Kathy Blasi

  • London Ladd

  • Yuko Jones



4:00 PM


 Room 1 

How To Write Non- Fiction That Middle Graders Want To Read

  • Ronny Frishman

  • Rose O’Keefe

  • Andrea Page

  • Sally Valentine


Room 2

Read To Me Corner – Picture Book Stories Read by the Author

  • Mylisa Larsen

  • Yuko Jones

  • Kathy Blasi