Saturday, September 18, 2010

Authors Book Fair Features Books for Kids and Parents

The Deltona Regional Library’s Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers promises to be the largest event of its kind in Volusia with over 66 authors coming in from as far away as Palm Coast, Gainesville, Hawthorne, Jacksonville and Ocala.

On Oct. 9, 2010, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. the book fair will serve to bring all these authors and readers together to talk about books and hear the authors speak on book related topics. The event also includes “how to” workshops for new authors and those wondering how to get started in the field.

Christmas will be right around the corner and patrons can buy author signed copies for that very unique gift. What better way to get your children reading than for them to meet the author and have their own signed book.

The fair is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library. Admission is Free to the Public. For more information see

Children’s authors include:

Gail Radley, Stetson Professor, will bring several titles including Nothing Stays the Same Forever, a children's novel in a CD edition. When 12-year old Carrie's widower father announces he wants to marry the woman he's been seeing, Carrie thinks it's a betrayal and plots her escape--until a crisis that changes her mind and her priorities. (Ages 9-13) The "Vanishing From..." series--4 volumes combining offering facts and poems about endangered species in a range of habitats. Beautiful full-color illustrations. The titles are Forests & Jungles, Grasslands & Deserts, Waterways, & The Skies. (Ages 7-11) The Flute Player & the Lazy One, fictional picture book. Everyone says talented Farhad should play his beautiful flute before the king. When his opportunity comes, his lazy brother Bahram manages to go in his place, taking all the credit. Will Farhad be recognized for his achievement? (Ages 5-8)

Dr. Mary Custureri created The Happy Anderson books because of an expressed need from primary school teachers looking for ways to accelerate learning in innovative ways. They have been successfully implemented in first through third year classes and by individual students. Each of the stories in the series is about an adventure of Happy Anderson, a beloved mutt, who teaches that kindness and friendship enable others to become winners.

Christa Carpenter wrote Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!, based on her own experiences and this book will certainly charm the four - eight year old set who can appreciate his point of view.

Joan Baliker has a self-help book for children, The Mysterious Mystical House. Her newest book, It’s Weird, Very Weird, aims to help children learn about themselves and the world around them.

David Finkle, a Volusia County teacher, published a young adult novel, Making My Escape, and just published a Fantasy novel, Portents, with his son. They are working on book two of a trilogy.

Ron and Alice Howell bring Volusia County history to life. They are known for their Ormond Beach histories including children’s book Sid and Angela Undercover in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Susan Snyder brings us another charming rhyming book, Shivers and Shakes, geared to beginning readers about a mischievous little boy who brings something to school which absolutely sends his poor teacher “right up the walls!” There’s a Frog in the Bathroom, The Very Stubborn Centipede and Shivers and Shakes are illustrated by Anna Johanson, a very talented at age 14 year old. What a role model for students.

The Caterpillar Story/La Historia de La Oruga by Lily Guzmán, is the journey of a transforming caterpillar yearning to become a butterfly, revealed in short verses in both Spanish and English, encouraging children to spread their wings and explore, yet remain loyal to the ones they love.

Debi McNabb and Jeffrey Ault co-wrote the Elliott series whose lovable characters will debut in Elliott Saves Halloween, a made for TV special airing this October.

Carol Lucas, has lived in Florida since she was a teen. Memories of growing up with her brother in the woods, near a cemetery, inspired her to write Elizabeth and the Lost Children of the Cemetery, a novel for pre-teens and teens.

"Teddy The Toad Who Lost His Way" by Amanda MacCormac is for children from say 3 to 8 years old. It is beautifully illustrated by Yvonne Peterson . MacCormack, born in London, has lived around the world before settling in Florida where she writes for magazines and newspapers, as well as, poetry and fiction.

Fun interactive activities for the littlest readers include:

11:00 Make a Manatee with Marian Tomblin author of Manatee Moon. You can bring a clean sock from home to make your own manatee or one will be provided.

12:00 Read and sing with Melinda Driscoll and her guitar as she reads from her book, The Little Rockers Club and makes up rhymes using musical instruments.

1:00 An Accordion is a "Party in a Box!" Grandpa Errico will share such fun tunes as "Roll Out The Barrel," "Cielito Lindo" and the "Boogie Woogie." You'll meet the author of Grandpa's Magical Accordion and have the opportunity to take the music home with you.

2:00 Hank Nolin, author of Peter, The Drug Dog, will be featured with his specially trained detection dog, Chief. (Peter was Chief's father) Chief is a working Homeland Security K-9 trained to detect, among other items, dangerous explosives. Hank, with assistance from CHIEF, will explain and demonstrate how these special working dogs are trained to keep our country safe.

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