Authors & Illustrators

This year’s Authors & Illustrators Night is Friday, January 20th from 6:00-8:30pm

Online Registration Begins Monday, January 9th at 10am
Click HERE for Authors & Illustrators Registration

Online Registration begins Monday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. at Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this fun, family event. We have a great line-up this year with writers and illustrators eager to inspire kids of all ages with their creative, hands-on workshops.

Schedule Of Events:

  • 4:30-6:00pm -The SuperMex Taco Truck will be on Campus for those who want to grab a bite before the workshops begin. Last order will be taken at 5:45pm.
  • 6:00pm- The program begins promptly in the Auditorium.
  • 7:15-8:30 – Authors and Illustrators book signings and sales in the cafeteria. Coffee, Hot Chocolate and dessert will also be provided.

We will make every effort to place you in your first choice; however, workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note this a family event and we fully encourage parents to attend with their children. Childcare is not provided. *Questions? For more information, contact:


  • Session #1 – Grades K-1st Erin Eitter Kono (Author and Illustrator)

    A Beary Great Adventure
    Students will learn how to draw their own Bear character, inspired by Erin’s book and then work on concepts of plot and setting to send their Bear off on his or her next adventure.


ERIN EITTER KONO is an award winning picture book author and illustrator. She grew up in the midwest and studied art history at the University of Iowa and the University of Hull in England.  She studied graphic design and writing through UCLA Extension. Her books include the Caterina Series as well as her most recent book, Every Color. After many years of traveling the world she settled down in Palos Verdes, CA with her husband, daughter, dog, and the neighborhood’s wild Peacocks.  When she’s not making books, she likes to sail, drink coffee, and plan her next adventure.


  • Session #2 – Grades 1st-3rd Andrea Zuill (Author / Illustrator)

Character Creation Workshop
Andrea will work with students to learn how to ask and answer questions in order to create a main character in a book. Both writing and illustration techniques will be explored.


ANDREA ZUILL was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and moved to the San Diego when she married her husband. For 20 years she owned and ran a sign and graphics company, while also creating oil paintings and other artworks. Andres has shown her work in galleries in California, Texas and New York, and in 2006 she started creating prints of funny and cranky characters, leading to the start of children’s books. In 2013 she won best portfolio at the 2013 Golden Gate Conference in Monterey, California. Wolf Camp is her first book.

  • Session #3 – Grades 2-4 Rodolfo Montalvo (illustrator)

Who Are You?
Rodolfo will work with students in this illustration workshop and teach them how to use shapes, background, contrast and basic drawing to create elements in their illustrations that evoke a narrative for their characters.


Always the quiet shy kid at heart, RODOLFO MONTALVO spends a lot of his time drawing, painting, and looking for new stories to tell. He loves living near the ocean and waking up early to a clean sheet of paper. He also has a studio partner – his little dog named Wooky. His illustrated books include The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing William Dooley (both written by Fowler Dewitt), and the picture book Dear Dragon by Josh Funk.


  • Session #4 – Grades 2-4 Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator and Author)

The Many Colors of Black and White
Eugene will work with students to explore different ways of creating character illustrations using only pencil on paper and teach them various illustration techniques.


EUGENE YELCHIN is a Newberry Honor Award winning author who was born in Russia and attended USC. His art has appeared in magazines and newspapers as well as many advertising campaigns, including Coco-Cola’s polar bear campaign. As a fine art painter, he has had exhibitions in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, he was awarded the Newberry Honor Award for Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a book he wrote and illustrated. Also in 2012, his book Won Ton, was named ALA Notable Book. His titles include The Haunting of Falcon House, Elephant In The Dark, and The Noisy Little Rooster. His latest book, Spring Hare, will be released in Winter 2017.

  • Session #5 – Grades 4-5 Kristen Kittscher (author)

Spy School 101
Go undercover with Kristen to “spy school” and learn how to write a mystery novel and break codes like a true spy.

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KRISTEN KITTSCHER is a former middle school English teacher and author of tween mystery The Wig in the Window (Harper Children’s, 2013) which garnered a starred review from School Library Journal and was named to ten Best of the Year lists. The 2014 James Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a graduate of Brown University, Kristen frequently presents at schools, libraries, and festivals. She lives with her husband in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade—the inspiration for her most recent novel, The Tiara on the Terrace.

  • Session #6 – Grades 4-5 Brenda Woods (Author) 

What Is Your Wonderland?
In this workshop, students will discuss plot and character creation with Brenda and begin to create their own personal Wonderland and adventure novel.


BRENDA WOODS was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew up in southern California, and attended California State University, Northridge. Her award-winning books for young readers include The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (a CCBC choice and a Kirkus Best Book), Coretta Scott King Honor winner The Red Rose Box, ALAN Pick Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, and VOYA Top Shelf Fiction selection Emako Blue. Her numerous awards and honors include the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, FOCAL award, Pen Center USA’s Literary Award finalist, IRA Children’s Choice Young Adult Fiction Award, and ALA Quick Pick. She lives in Los Angeles.