Chappaqua Children's Book Festival Features 90 Authors, Illustrators

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The fourth annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) will feature 90 renowned authors and illustrators on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Robert Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, rain or shine.

Author Steve Sheinkin with middle schooler Jackson Greenberg at the 2014 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival.
Author Steve Sheinkin with middle schooler Jackson Greenberg at the 2014 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Photo Credit: Joanna Segal

The festival will offer books for sale, author meet-and-greets and book signings, food from the region’s best food trucks, and baked treats and raffle tickets from the seventh annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry mission to end childhood hunger.

Some of the authors and illustrators scheduled for book signings and meet-and-greets will include "Pinkalicious" author Victoria Kann, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" illustrator Ron Barrett, "One Crazy Summer" author Rita Williams-Garcia and "Owl Moon" author Jane Yolen, among many others.

A complete list of authors and illustrators can be found at

The Mike Risko Band will provide musical entertainment. Other activities will include the following:

  • Dance party by Hal Prince.
  • STEM activities with Regeneron.
  •  GaGa, life-size games and airbrush tattoos courtesy of Kiwi Country Day Camp.
  • Crafts activities, face-painting, costumed characters, gift giveaways, balloon twisting and more.

To raise local awareness of the festival, local sweets and ice cream shop Hall of Scoops is offering a new ice cream flavor this month – Biscuit’s Birthday Bash, with cake batter ice cream and colorful confetti – commemorating the 20th anniversary of Biscuit, the Little Yellow Puppy.

Established in 2013, the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival is an annual “happening” every fall in the heart of Chappaqua, with a mission to create, sustain and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with the community and local schools, according to a release from CCBF.

This free public event fosters a love of reading as families meet-and-greet outstanding creators of books for children of all ages, the release said.

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival relies on the generosity of local businesses to produce the event for the community.

Admission and parking are free. The festival will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For additional information about the festival, click here.

Robert Bell Middle School is at 50 Center St., Chappaqua.

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