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November 8, 2004

Children’s Book Fair to Feature Authors, Illustrators

Meet a furniture maker turned children’s author, a storyteller from Benin, several Caldecott Prize-winners, a famous sports columnist now writing for young adults, and a host of other children’s authors and illustrators at the 13th annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, held in the Rome Commons Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

This year’s authors and illustrators include: Susan Aller, Ashley Bryan, Leslie Connor, Leonard Everett Fisher, Stephen Huneck, Leo Landry, Pamela Levy, Mike Lupica, Raouf Mama, Susan Meddaugh, Gordon Morrison, Candice Ransom, Erich Rohmann, Ruth Sanderson, Elizabeth Shreeve, Jos. A. Smith, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, and Jeanette Winter.

Have your photo taken with storybook characters Bunnicula, Daisy Duck, Lilly, Little Nut Brown Hare, Rotten Ralph, Yoko, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. There will be storytelling, crafts, sing-alongs, and more.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature Alex’s Lemonade Stand For Pediatric Cancer, which raises funds for cancer research. The stand was founded by Alexander “Alex” Scott, who died this summer at the age of eight.

In addition to more authors and illustrators than in the past, this year The Connecticut Children’s Book Fair will offer books for collectors and aspiring authors and illustrators.

The Connecticut Children’s Book Fair is a project of the UConn Co-op and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The Book Fair benefits the Northeast Children’s Literature Collections that are archived in the Dodd Center.