A fundraising tea to raise awareness of and kick-off the first annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival will be held at a private home near downtown Chappaqua on Thursday, April 4 beginning at 1pm. Guests can tour the home, enjoy tea and pastries and meet several of the authors who will attend the book festival in October. Additionally, local merchants and families have contributed prizes for a “fishbowl” raffle, including jewelry, baked goods, tutoring services and more.
Meet the festival organizers, and a few of the more than 60 authors who’ve committed to participating in October, including local residents:
Barbara Dee, young-adult author of Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life, among others.
Gail Carson Levine, young-adult author of Ella Enchanted, among many others
Jean Van Leeuwen, Chappaqua resident and author of more than 40 children’s books, including the Oliver Pig series.
Roni Schotter, Hastings-on-Hudson resident and author of 23 books for children, including The Boy Who Loved Words.
Tim Tocher, author of poems, short stories, novels and non-fiction for children and teens.
Matt Van Fleet, Chappaqua resident and best-selling author illustrator of books for small children, including, CAT, DOG and MOO.
Mara Van Fleet, Chappaqua resident and bestselling author of Mama Loves Me, The Very Mixed-Up Princess and Up the Water Spout and Other Nursery Rhymes, among others.
Thursday, April 4
1 – 3 p.m.
At a private home near downtown Chappaqua, location revealed upon purchase of ticket.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at http://chappaquabook.
The first Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival will take place on October 6, 2013 on the ball fields of The Robert E. Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, NY. A grassroots effort led by local residents and inspired by Sunnyside, it will be the only children’s book festival in Westchester County. More than 50 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators have confirmed participation. For more information, visit www.