OhioBookFestival2014VSmallKids and Teens

Here you’ll find information about programs and activities for kids and teens at the 2018 festival.

Children and parents can visit the kids’ room throughout the day for small-group discussions, story times, and drawing with their favorite children’s authors and illustrators. Kids can also make crafts to take home, learn balloon twisting, meet costumed book characters, create in the Lego© building area, dress up as their favorite character, and more.

Back by popular demand this year, teens will have their own space to meet their favorite YA authors, share their own writing, and more.


Kids’ Room

Kids Room Appearances

11:00AM: Melissa Martin

11:20AM: Judy Carey Nevin

11:40AM: Christina Wald

12:00PM: Jeff Ebbeler

12:20PM-1:00PM: No authors; lunch break

1:00PM: Lindsay Ward

1:20PM: Jan Sherbin

1:40PM: Bill Cotter

2:00PM: Michaela Schuett

2:20PM: Julie Seabrook Ream

2:40PM: Tadgh Bentley

3:00PM: Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton

3:20PM: Tamara Bundy


Balloon Twisting

11:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Face Painting

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Throughout the Day

Dress-Up Area
Lego® Construction Zone
Early Learning Area
Door Prizes


Teen Space


11:00AM – 2:00PM

So You Wanna… Be A Writer – Listen to an expert panel of writers discuss the writing process, editing, and navigating the world of publishing

  • D.W. Vogel, Jennifer Maschari, Mary Willenbrink, Lorie Langdon, Dee Garretson

So You Wanna… Meet Margaret – Enjoy an exclusive session with renowned author Margaret Peterson Haddix , author of the new YA title Summer of Broken Things, as well as the wildly popular Shadow Children and Children of Exile series

1:00PM – 1:45PM
So You Wanna… Be An Artist – Learn from an expert panel of illustrators as they discuss all things connected to creating pictures for books

  • Joe Sutphin, Mark Willenbrink, Christina Wald, Terri Libenson (graphic artist)

2:00PM – 2:45PM
So You Wanna… Meet Mindy – Revel in an exclusive opportunity with YA rockstar Mindy McGinnis, author of This Darkness Mine and Given to the Earth as well as other blockbuster titles

3:00PM – 3:45PM
So You Wanna… Meet An Author – Spend a fast-paced, speed-dating session talking one-on-one with an outstanding selection of Ohio authors

  • Chelsea Bobulski, Natalie Richards, Kerry Winfrey, Krysten Lindsay Hager, and Carey Corp