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October 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Time Details:
Self-paced fun from now to Sunday, October 23, 2021. Libraries are open Tuesday through Saturday. All activities are things you can choose to do on your own or inside your bubble -- in the real world or online.
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Join Us for Children's Author Festival Fun!

Monday, October 18, 2021

This year, the Children's Author Festival honors authors and illustrators -- and students as readers, writers and illustrators -- with a reading challenge in September and October. This includes 15 days of reading, writing, and other activities, with a chance to win prizes (small prizes are available for all ages, books can be won only by children and teens) and the opportunity to see and hear the authors in an online video. Except for the author video option, everything can be done either in the real world, or online, as you prefer.

Look for these Children's Author Festival features

Dive in to a good book, and discover mysterious undersea wonders!

Dive in to books!

Books & Challenges for 2021

  •  Displays of Author Festival books and author information are found in each branch of the Humboldt County Library 
  •  Paper Author Festival Challenge Brochures to log your reading and other challenge activities, or, if you prefer...
  • Beanstack Humboldt Library Children's Author Festival Challenge online 
  • Complete activities and challenges to win badges and/or PRIZES. (All prizes to be picked up at Humboldt County Libraries.)


                        For All Ages 

  • Author Festival bookmark and pen for all people who participate and complete their challenge.

                        For Kids & Teens

Author Book Prizes

  • There is a special prize drawing in honor of each Author Festival author.  
  • Any reader who earns that author’s badge will be entered for a chance to win a book written and/or illustrated by that author. 

'2040 Author Badge' Prizes

  • Be one of the first readers to complete the '2040 Author Badge' and win an Author Kit (notebooks, colored pencils, pen)

Grand Prize Drawing - Win Books for Your Classroom

  • Any student who finishes the challenge has the chance to be the lucky one who wins a grand prize drawing of a book set for their classroom,
  • Book sets can contain 3-10 books by Author Festival authors and illustrators.  
  • One grand prize book set will go to a classroom in each of 3 age groups, for ages .0-7,  8-12, and 13-17.

Video Overview of the Festival

See the Video on You Tube  or See All Videos on Vimeo

Participating authors

The Author Talks are videos on You Tube except where Vimeo is noted.

o    Caroline Arnold           Arnold's Author Festival talk

o    Larry Dane Brimner         Brimner's Author Festival talk

o    Erik Brooks         

o    Bruce Hale         Hale's Author Festival talk

o    Deborah Heiligman           Heiligman's Author Festival Talk - on Vimeo

o    Kirby Larson             Larson's Author Festival talk

o    Bethanie Murguia         Murguia's Author Festival talk

o    Mary Nethery            Nethery's Author Festival talk

o    Marc Tyler Nobleman             Nobleman's Author Festival talk

o    Alexis O’Neill         O'Neill's Author Festival talk

o    Megan Rothrock      Rothrock's Author Festival talk

o    Heidi Schulz        Schulz's Author Festival talk

o    Pamela Service         Service's Author Festival talk

o    Emily Whitman         Whitman's Author Festival talk - on Vimeo

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