Lititz Kid-Lit Festival November 8-10th 2013

It’s that time of year again. The air is getting colder, leaves are falling on the ground, days are getting shorter. You know what that means!

No, I don’t mean it’s fall…



Why do I get so excited to go to the Lititz Kid-Lit Festival? Well, let me tell you.

First the festival is organized and put on by an awesome independently owned book store – Aaron’s Books (click HERE for their website).

Second, the festival is PACKED with kid-friendly things to do. There are seminars taught by authors and illustrators that are meant for kids like me! Just imagine being able to take an illustration class from Eric Wight and Matt Phelan (I did!)! I got to take writing classes with Courtney Sheinmel and attend a read-aloud by Daniel Kirk or Brian Biggs (I did!)! Get to hear authors like Tom Angleberger and Nick Bruel speak (I did!)! There are events for all ages at the festival. You can check out the schedule HERE to see what’s going on this year.

 Third, They have awesome authors and illustrators there. Here are some of the awesome authors/illustrators that are going to be at the festival this year.

Debbie Dadey! I love Ms. Dadey’s Bailey School Kids and Key Holders series… okay I admit that I also read her Mermaid Tales series too.

Ms. Dadey’s latest book is the 6th in her Mermaid Tales series and it’s called “The Secret Seahorse.” I have read it and I liked it! I especially like the plot of this one. Echo wants a seahorse of her own to ride but everyone is telling her seahorses are happier being free. Echo is convinced she can make a seahorse happy… or can she?

Ms. Dadey is giving a talk called “Monsters and Mermaids ” at the festival this year.


Matt Phelan! I am in total amazement of this guy! His story-telling through illustrations is incredible. I love his books, Around The World, Storm in the Barn and  his newest, Bluffton –  (which totally ROCKS).

Mr. Phelan is giving an illustration class at the festival this year and also giving a talk about his new book!


David Wiesner! How cool will it be to have story time with a 3 time Caldecott Award Winner! Mr. Wiesner writes and illustrates amazing picture books. I wore out my copy of Art and Max because I read it so many times!

I just got Mr. Wiesner’s newest book, Mr. Wuffles (I LOVE the title). This book is brilliant! Who thinks to combine a sneaky kitty-cat and space aliens?!? Awesome!


Amy Ignatow! I have read each of Ms. Ignatow’s Popularity Papers books at least twice I like them so much. I am looking forward to getting her latest book in the series, Love and Other Fiascos (Book 6) while I am at the festival.

Ms. Ignatow is having an illustration workshop at the festival.


Chris Grabenstein! I just got done reading Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and LOVED it! The copy I read was from the library, but I am hoping to pick up a signed copy at the festival!

Mr. Grabenstein is giving a presentation at the festival.


Courtney Sheinmel! Ms. Sheinmel writes books for YA and also younger kids. Her book, All The Things You Are is a great read for my age level. It is about a girl who has everything and then loses it overnight when her mom is arrested. 

Ms. Sheinmel also has a series out for kids 7+ called Stella Batts. Stella is an 8-year-old 3rd grader. I love what Ms. Sheinmel says on her website about this series. “It’s an autobiography. That means I wrote it and it’s all about me. I’m eight years old, I’m in third grade, and I live in Somers, California.” 🙂 Pretty cool!

I have gone to Ms. Sheinmel’s writing seminars every year I’ve gone to this festival. She teaches a great class for us kids!


A.S. King! Ms. King is a YA author. I haven’t read any of her books (because I am 11 and so, not YA 😉 ), but Ms. King is at this festival every year, and every year she is super nice to me and takes time to talk to me (and I am sure she is that way with everyone else 😉 ). She is also secretly a Vulcan (but she clipped her ears), but don’t tell her I told you because she’ll use that Vulcan-grip-thingy on me…


Ms. King’s new book Reality Boy sounds excellent. Here is the book’s description –

“Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.”

Ms. King is giving a seminar at the festival for “young writers to ask questions about writing, editing, and getting published.” Guess who will be going to that one? *wink wink* 😉

If you are in the Lititz area, stop by (even if you aren’t, it’s worth the drive 😉 )! I am very excited that Neighbor girl and Cool Mom from the Stanley and Katrina gang are meeting us there too! It will be great to take the classes with Neighbor Girl! 😀

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24 replies

  1. Hearing that David Wiesner is going to be there makes me want to pack my bags and fly off there to attend the kidlit festival. I am always on the lookout too for people we could invite for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore. We should invite David Wiesner soonest! 🙂 This looks like a real fun event, Erik. I know I’d be able to virtually attend it through you as you would be blogging about it, right??? right?? 🙂

  2. Sounds like you live in the perfect place! Have fun at the festival!

  3. What a totally awesome-sounding festival! Have a wonderful time! (as if you need to be told to do that! 😉 )

  4. This festival sounds absolutely amazing! I wish I lived closer so that I could attend. Have a fabulous time and I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  5. Erik, what a fantastic line-up! You are going to have a GREAT time! No WONder you’re excited! I hope you learn lots and get to meet everyone you want to. In fact, Debbie Dadey was recently at the book festival here in Princeton, too 🙂 She had the nicest display!

  6. Sounds like an amazing festival! What fun! And illustration workshops are the best 🙂

  7. Yay!!!! So excited.

  8. I love that you’re excited about ALL these books and ALL these writers and illustrators. I confess I get middle grade tunnel vision when I go to events like this. 🙂 Have fun!!

  9. Wow! I’m jealous! I can’t wait to hear about all the treasures you bring back.

  10. Enjoy the festivakl. It sounds like it will be an amazing time with all those talented authors. I look forwrad to your report.

  11. Erik…this sounds like an awesome kid lit festival…I’m so glad you are going to participate!

  12. This event was sooo much fun. We can’t thank you enough for inviting us, Erik.

    The only problems was…too many great sessions and we couldn’t make it to them all.

    How lucky are we, though, that we got to hang out with Erik all day?

    The Stanley & Katrina Gang
    ~/(^.^)\ and =^.^=

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