Children's Book Festival



October 13–15, 2017



Festival Events at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Friday, October 13, 5:30–7:45 p.m.—Bedtime concert and sing-along at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday October 14, 10:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.—Activities feature art-making studios, theatre presentations, book signings, and more.

Sunday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Theatre for the Very Young, art-making studio, and book signing.


The theme of this year's book festival is TWISTS & TURNS: plot twists, journeys of discovery, twists of fate, changing directions…the TWISTS & TURNS of books and those who create them.

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Friday, October 13

5:30 p.m.—Free admission tickets will be handed out beginning at 5:30pm. First come- first served. Seating is limited.

5:30–6:30 p.m.—Create a journal of your book festival travels & activites!

6:30—7:15 p.m.—Put on your pajamas and join author, illustrator, singer and songwriter Barney Saltzberg for a read-aloud and sing-along bedtime concert! Concert is a free event but admission tickets are required as seating is limited.

7:15–7:45 p.m.—CD & Book Sales/Signing

Saturday, October 14

10:00–10:30 a.m.—Say hello and take a portrait with "Rainbow Fish"

10:00–11:00 a.m.—In the Art Studio with Juana Medina: Make Things, Mistakes and All

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—Create your own journal of book festival travels and activities!

10:30–11:15 a.m.—Sara Pennypacker Pax workshop

11:00–11:30 a.m.—Book signing with Juana Medina

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Book signing with Sara Pennypacker

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Say hello and take a portrait with "Rainbow Fish"

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—In the Art Studio with Mike Lowery: Keeping a Sketchbook

12:30–1:00 p.m.—Book signing with Mike Lowery

1:00-2:00 p.m.—In the Art Studio with Eugene Yelchin: Color in Black and White

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—Book signing with Eugene Yelchin

2:30–3:15 p.m.—Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek, discuss with Mitch Teich about writing and illustrating children's books together.

3:15–4:15 p.m.—Book signing with Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek

3:30–4:00 p.m.—Say hello and take a portrait with "Rainbow Fish"

Sunday, October 15

10:30–11:30 a.m.—In the Art Studio with Joe Wos: How to Toon with Joe Wos!

11:00–11:45 a.m.—Theatre for the Very Young: Stone Soup

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Book signing with Joe Wos

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Say hello and take a portrait with "Rainbow Fish"

The Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, established in 2010, is presented in partnership with community volunteers and local organizations that believe in the transforming power of reading and the literary and visual arts. The SCBF has brought thousands of children and teens together with world-class authors and illustrators at schools and at our beautiful, welcoming festival venues: Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Bookworm Gardens. Building on the success of the SCBF, we launched the first Sheboygan Teen Book Festival in 2016. The SCBF and the STBF take place annually in October. The Sheboygan Children's Book Festival and Teen Book Festival are programs of Sheboygan County Reads!, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.