Saturday, March 17, 2012

UCF Book Festival... March 31 in Orlando, Florida

You won't want to miss this book festival.  It's at the UCF Arena from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM in  Orlando, Florida.

There will be panels, author chats, a children's zone, a teen zone and much, much more.

The Keynote Author this year is James McBride (The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script) 

Meet the authors and enjoy the exhibit hall with much to see. I've covered many of the featured authors in previous posts.  Here are the children's authors participating this year (bios supplied by UCF).

 Suzie Caffery


Suzie Caffery graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.

Originally from Indiana, she has called Florida home for many years. She has developed a passion for Florida environmental issues, and has integrated restoration efforts into her classroom curriculum. She taught at the University of Central Florida’s Educational Research Center for Child Development for 16 years. During this time she partnered with the UCF Dept. of Biology, Arboretum, College of Education, UCF Service Learning, and many community schools and organizations.

She has recently left the classroom environment in order to promote environmental stewardship through Sea Tales Educational Consultants Inc. Presently, she is working on her 4th children’s book with Diahn Escue, and Dr. Linda Walters.

Suzie lives with her husband and dog in rural central Florida where they enjoy fishing, and the outdoor life.

Carol Crane


Carol Crane is an author, a historian, and has always been a journal writer. Traveling around the country, she speaks at reading conferences and schools. Using information in the state books, she transports kids around their state, country, and world. Her greatest joy is to have a student say, “wow! I didn’t know that.”
With 45 years of experience in children’s literature, Carol Crane has become widely recognized by many schools and educators for her expertise in literature.

Her credits include; S is for Sunshine, Sunny Numbers, T is for Tarheel, Wright Numbers, P is for Peach, A Peck of Peaches, P is for Palmetto, Net Numbers, L is for Lonestar, Roundup, L is for the Last Frontier, D is for Dancing Dragon, Y is for Yellow Hammer, F is for the First State, P is for Pilgrim, The Handkerchief Quilt, and her most recent for 2011, The Christmas Tree Ship, which was featured in USA Today.

Diahn Escue


Diahn Escue graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Reading Education.

Diahn has lived in over 9 states, but calls Florida home. Spending time as a child sailing and snorkeling on the gulf coast fostered her love of natural Florida. She carries this passion into her kindergarten classroom curriculum at UCP. Along with Suzie Caffery, she has created relationships with the UCF Dept. of Biology, Arboretum, and College of Education. Presently, Diahn is working on her 4th book with Suzie Caffery, and Dr. Linda Walters.

When not teaching, Diahn can be found wading in Mosquito

Loreen Leedy


Loreen Leedy has written and illustrated over 40 picture books that are in libraries and classrooms across the USA and internationally as well. Her books present math, science, language arts, and other curriculum-related content in an engaging way that kids love. In addition to Seeing Symmetry, her titles include The Shocking Truth about Energy and Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story. Loreen's books have been honored by The National Science Teachers Association, the American Library Association, the Florida Book Awards, and the Parent's Choice Awards, and have received many starred reviews. She writes and creates illustrations using digital tools in her studio in central Florida. Her husband, Andrew Schuerger, is a scientist who works on space biology research at Kennedy Space Center.

Just two weeks away.... Save the date on your calendar.

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