The seventh annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival took place on October 5 at Robert E. Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, N.Y. The largest children’s book festival in the metropolitan tristate region, this year’s CCBF brought together 145 children’s authors and illustrators and almost 8,000 visitors. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the event. All photos taken by Joanna Segal, unless otherwise noted.

Authors (from l.) Peggy Thomas (Full of Beans), Sanford Levinson and Cynthia Levinson (Fault Lines of the Constitution), Alexandra Siy (Voyager’s Greatest Hits), Susanna Reich (Fab Four Friends), and Sally Cook (Hey Batta Batta Swing!).

The titular mouse from Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of the many costumed characters at the festival, joined here by a rabbit.

A family of readers.

(From l.): Authors Jerry Craft (New Kid), Cece Bell (El Deafo), and Harvey Award winner Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo). Photo: Craft.

Bubbles and more bubbles.

Melissa Iwai, illustrator of Thirty Minutes over Oregon, Soup Day, and more, signs copies of her books.

(From l.): Volunteer and CCBF board member Madeline Finesmith, volunteer Kathy Schreiber, festival founder Dawn Greenberg, volunteer and board member Joanne Segal, and board member Amy Kaiser.

Author-illustrator Ruth Chan (The Great Indoors; the Georgie and Friends series) with Mike Curato, illustrator of Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, and What If... by Samantha Berger.

A parent and child show off their new book.

Curious George snuggles up with attendees of the 2019 Chappaqua Children's Book Festival.