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)
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
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 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 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 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.