Kids and Teens

OhioBookFestival2014VSmallHere you’ll find information about programs and activities for kids and teens at the 2019 festival.

Children and parents can visit the kids’ room throughout the day for story times 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, and more.

Back again 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

12:00PM: Judy Carey Nevin

12:30PM: Artie Knapp

1:00PM: Betsy Snyder

1:30PM: Aiko Ikegami

2:00PM: Connie Bergstein Dow

2:30PM: Lindsay Bonilla

3:00PM: Jessica Fries-Gaither

3:30PM: Jacob Grant

4:00PM: Paul Many

Balloon Twisting

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Throughout the Day

Lego® Construction Zone
Early Learning Area
Door Prizes

Teen Space


Follow Your… Creativity! – Visit the Makerspace to create and innovate as you complete a maker design challenge or craft something from your imagination! What will YOU make?

Follow Your… Story! – Listen to experienced authors explain how they develop characters and plot their story arcs to create their YA series. Featuring:

  • K.B. Laugheed, Kristen Orlando, Tara Tyler and D.W. Vogel.

Follow Your… Muse! – Bluffton University presents an interactive, hands-on prose and poetry writing session for teens!

1:00PM – 1:45PM
Follow Your… Passion! – Join an energetic conversation with acclaimed YA author, filmmaker, playwright and poet e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution.

2:00PM – 2:45PM
Follow Your… Art! – Learn from an expert panel of illustrators as they discuss all things connected to creating illustrations for books. Featuring:

  • Jeffrey Ebbeler, Barry Gott, Rafael Rosado and Christina Wald.

3:00PM – 3:45PM
Follow Your… Heart! – Let these YA authors sweep you off your feet! Prepare to swoon as they share the secrets of writing romantic and exciting YA stories. Featuring:

  • Dee Garretson, Krysten Lindsay Hager, L. Philips and Kerry Winfrey.