SCBWI

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2018 L.A. Times Festival of Books Sunday Authors and Illustrators

Join these authors and illustrators at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books SCBWI LA booth. This year we are booth #831 on Child’s Way. Buy books and art, get autographs, and enjoy one of the largest celebrations of books in the country. We’ll see you at USC, April 21st & 22nd. Insider tip: don’t drive. Parking is impossible. Take the train!

Saturday Signers | Sunday Signers

Sunday Authors and Illustrators

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Sunday
10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm
(Click on a name in red for more information)
Anne-Marie Martens
10 – 12:50
R.S. Mellette
1 – 2:50
Aileen Leijten
3 – 5:00
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Andrea J. Loney
10 – 11:50
Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh
12 – 12:50
Brian Yanish
1 – 1:50
Matt Harry
2 – 5:00
Chris Robertson
10 – 11:50
Jerry Mahoney
12 – 2:50
Ann Stalcup
3 – 5:00
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Andrea J. Loney

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Andrea J. Loney’s picture book Bunnybear (Albert Whitman & Company, January 2017) is about a bear who believes in his heart that he’s really a bunny. Her upcoming debut picture book, Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee! (Lee & Low Books, Spring 2017), is the 2014 New Voices Award-winning picture book biography of the legendary black photographer of the Harlem Renaissance, and her third picture book Double Bass Blues shares the adventures of a young black boy carrying his double bass home from school (Random House Knopf, 2019). A community college professor with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Andrea is also a proud volunteer for Reading to Kids and the We Need Diverse Books campaign. She lives in sunny Los Angeles, California with her devoted family, embarrassingly spoiled pets, and towering stacks of picture books. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest @andreajloney.

Click here to learn more about Andrea J. Loney

Purchase from:
IndieBound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble – Bunnybear
Barnes & Noble – Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee!

Chris Robertson

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 11:50am

Chris Robertson is a big kid at heart who happens to write and draw children’s picture books. His new picture book, If I Didn’t Have You by Alan Katz, debuted in April 2018. His other titles include The Tickle Book, Giraffes Ruin Everything, Where Do Pants Go?, Harry and the Hot Lava, and Little Miss Liberty.

Chris’s whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three boys.

Click here to learn more about Chris Robertson

Purchase from:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
xist Publishing

Anne-Marie Martens

Signing Sunday from 10:00am – 12:50pm

Anne-Marie Martens and Marjorie Joys, co-authors of The Twins Mia & Mateo Daddy’s Little Helpers are a true team. Mother and daughter as well as writers, the pair are passionate about writing children’s books.

Mia & Mateo’s characters were inspired by the duo’s work with multiple twins – and they say that their goal with the book is for children to recognize themselves in the story: helping a parent, participating in everyday life, making mistakes, and trying to fix them.

Marjorie and Anne-Marie realized there are few children’s books about twins available for children ages 2-8, and decided to fill that gap – as well as adding an exciting bilingual element in French and English.

The illustrations grab the attention of younger children, while older children can practice their English or French, and even learn another language. The book also includes two pages of vocabulary words to inspire children and their parents to read and learn together.

Click here to learn more about Anne-Marie Martens

Purchase from:
Avenue Petit Lou
Amazon
AbeBooks
Etsy
Full list of where to buy the book

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh is the author of Can You Hear a Coo-Coo? (a PJ Library selection), and the upcoming titles A Hoopoe Says “Oop!”, Listen! Israel’s All Around (recipient of PJ Library’s Author Award), The Biggest of All, and Construction Kitten.

Jamie’s specialty is writing for children of all abilities. Many of her books contain rhymes, repetition, and funny noises, which might seem silly, because they are! But—super secret info here—they are the very sounds that pediatric speech therapists and special needs educators have discovered are easiest for the brain to process. And they are fun to say!

Jamie is wild about animals and the natural world, and writes cover stories about them for National Geographic KIDS. Thanks to Nat Geo, Jamie is aware of tardigrades, and suspicious of their planetary origin. As a lyricist, Jamie writes for ad campaigns and films.

Click here to learn more about Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

Purchase from
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Kar-Ben Publishing

Jerry Mahoney

Signing Sunday from 12:00pm – 2:50pm

Jerry Mahoney got his start writing for reality TV and game shows, until he became a dad and everything changed. He then magically transformed into a parenting writer who won the Gold Medal from the Parenting Media Association and was named one of Babble’s Top 10 humor bloggers.

Now instead of parents, he writes for kids. The first book in his four book series My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Fairy Tales (Capstone) earned the rave review “I loved, loved, loved this super funny book!” from Kid Book Reviewer.

His new book is Buttheads from Outer Space. Bestselling author Chris Grabenstein raved, “I laughed my butt off!” and Kirkus said it “Will cause giggle and snicker overload!”

Jerry lives in Burbank with his husband and their very silly kids.

Click here to learn more about Jerry Mahoney

Purchase from:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound

Brian Yanish

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Brian Yanish is a professional author, illustrator, and maker. His books include ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk (Macmillan 2016), The Build-It Book (Crackle Press 2011) and the forthcoming Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck (Sourcebooks 2019). He has worked for Jim Henson Productions, trained as a special effects mold maker, written and performed comedy, and designed software, toys, and apparel for the children’s market. He is the creator of ScrapKins, a Recycled Arts program that inspires kids to see the creative potential in everyday junk. As a presenter/educator, Brian has shared ScrapKins STEAM based workshops with K-5 students at 50 schools around the world and even appeared on Sesame Street.

Click here to learn more about Brian Yanish

Purchase from
IndieBound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

R.S. Mellette

Signing Sunday from 1:00pm – 2:50pm

R.S. Mellette’s critically acclaimed first novel, Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand, has a sequel, Billy Bobble And The Witch Hunt, just released from Elephant Bookshelf’s Press. Prior to Billy Bobble, Mellette’s Sci-Fi short stories were published in the anthologies: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, Spring Fevers and Summer’s Edge. Mellette is an Associate Director of Dances With Films. He wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property, “The Xena Scrolls,” for Universal Studio’s Xena: Warrior Princess. Mellette is a regional board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Click here to learn more about R.S. Mellette

Purchase from:
Amazon – Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand
Amazon – Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt

Matt Harry

Signing Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Matt Harry has been writing since he was a middle grader. He learned to make movies at the University of Southern California, which was the closest he could get to attending Hogwarts in the real world. He has worked as an editor, screenwriter, director, producer, and college professor. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons, all of whom (thankfully) like to read. Sorcery for Beginners is his first novel.

Click here to learn more about Matt Harry

Purchase from:
MattHarryWork.com
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Aileen Leijten

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Aileen Leijten, was born in Belgium where she attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Antwerp. She earned a BFA in Animation Film from the University College Ghent, and an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts (USA).

Leijten’s art films won awards and were nominated in festivals nationally and internationally. She worked on commercial projects for Hanna Barbera, Sony Studios, Digital Domain, Mattel Media, Walt Disney Imagineering, and she won a grant to work on a project for the Starbright Foundation, Steven Spielberg’s non-profit organization.

In 2004 Leijten moved to NYC, to make a career transition from commercial artwork to writing and illustrating Children’s Books. She returned to Los Angeles 8 years later to continue her book and other artistic work from there. Leijten’s most recent book, Lint Boy, is a middle grade graphic novel.

Click here to learn more about Aileen Leijten

Purchase from
IndieBound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Ann Stalcup

Signing Sunday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

I am the author of 18 published books and over 100 magazine articles in addition to educational pieces. My books can be obtained through my website or directly from me via www.annstalcup.com.

Many of my published books are inspired by places I have visited all over the world. My website tells more about me and my publications.

My autobiography On the Home Front, Growing up in Wartime England was selected as a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies as well as by the Teachers of English. La Loncheria won the Moonbeam Award for a bilingual book.

Click here to learn more about Ann Stalcup

Purchase from:
AnnStalcup.com

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Getty Museum and Getty Villa
Huntington Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Gene Autry Museum Book Store
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