The 14th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival took place September 14 at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, N.J. The event brought together more than 80 authors and illustrators for a day of storytimes, signings, and more opportunities to connect with young readers. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the event.
John Parra, illustrator of the 2019 festival poster, reads from his picture book Little Libraries, Big Heroes (Clarion), written by Miranda Paul, to kick off the festival. Photo: Marek Malkowski.
Author-illustrator Jerry Craft (New Kid, HarperCollins). Photo: Mary Conlon.
Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall meets a fan of her chapter book series Ivy + Bean, written by Annie Barrows (Chronicle). Photo: Mary Conlon.
Author-illustrator Sharee Miller signs copies of her books, Princess Hair and Don’t Touch My Hair (Little, Brown). Miller also passed out stickers for fans. Courtesy: Little, Brown.
Chris Raschka, illustrator of Mother Goose of Pudding Lane (Candlewick), written by the late Vladimir Radunsky. Photo: Marek Malkowski.
Misa Saburi, illustrator of Cats Are Liquid by Rebecca Donnelly (Holt/Godwin), meets a young festivalgoer. Photo: Conlon.
Reading together. Photo: Conlon.
Author-illustrator Brian Floca signs a copy of his Caldecott-winning book Locomotive (Atheneum/Jackson). Photo: Conlon.
Middle grade fantasy author Sayantani DasGupta (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Scholastic Press). Photo: Conlon.
Caldecott Honor winner Brendan Wenzel (A Stone Sat Still, Chronicle) signs copies of his picture books. Photo: Conlon.
Author Ronald L. Smith (The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, Clarion). Photo: Conlon.
Books for all. Photo: Conlon.
Author Ame Dyckman signs copies of her books, including Wolfie the Bunny and Dandy. Dyckman also passed out lion-themed crafts for attendees and participated in a storytime event. Courtesy: Little, Brown.
Sarah Jacoby shared her books, including Forever Or a Day (Chronicle) and The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown, written by Mac Barnett (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray). Photo: Conlon.
Deborah Freedman, author-illustrator of Carl and the Meaning of Life (Viking). Photo: Conlon.
Illustrator Heather Fox and author Jonathan Stutzman, the collaborating couple behind Llama Destroys the World (Holt). Photo: Marek Malkowski.
Author Lauren Magaziner signing a book from her Case Closed series (HarperCollins/Tegen). Photo: Conlon.
Whitney Gardner, author of You’re Welcome, Universe (Knopf) and Fake Blood (S&S). Photo: Malkowski.
Zachariah OHora signs Who Wet My Pants? (Little, Brown), written by Bob Shea. Photo: Conlon.