Authors & Illustrators

This year’s Authors & Illustrators Night is Friday, January 19th from 6:00-8:30pm


Online Registration Begins Monday, January 8th
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Online Registration begins Monday, January 8th, 2018 . 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. Scroll down to see the complete line up, or click here.

Check-in opens at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – 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.

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Session #1 – Grades K-1st

Celinda Rechsteiner (Author)

CELINDA RECHSTEINER is the author of the book Apollo in Colorland, which teaches young children about acceptance and inclusion. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Celinda has never let her physical disabilities get in the way of her dreams. A graduate of Concordia University and Trinity Law School, Celinda speaks to children throughout Southern California about her life and overcoming adversity through determination and a belief in yourself. Celinda recently completed the L.A. Marathon and recently published her second book, Apollo and Friends in Colorland. 

Session #2 – Grades 1st-3rd

Bethany Barton (Author/Illustrator)

BETHANY BARTON is the author & illustrator of numerous children’s books including This Monster Needs a Haircut, and This Monster Cannot Wait (Dial/Penguin.) Her 2016 book I’m Trying to Love Spiders (Viking/Penguin), has garnered numerous awards, including Children’s Choice Awards 2016 3rd-4th Grade Book of the Year. Her latest, Give Bees A Chance, was released in April of 2017, and was recently nominated for the 2017 SCIBA Book Award.  Bethany lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her “day-job” is working in art & set-decoration departments for film & TV, on shows like The Muppets, The Mindy Project, FX’s You’re The Worst, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, and currently, ABC’s The Middle.

Session #3 – Grades 2-4

Lisa Desimini (Author / illustrator)

 LISA DESIMINI has illustrated over thirty books for children, nine of which she also wrote. Her books include My House, which was one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Other titles include How The Stars Fell Into The Sky, Doodle Dandies, and Dot The Fire Dog, which has sold over 400,000 copies. Her latest book, The Flea-tastics, has received rave reviews.

Session #4 – Grades 2-4

Janet Tashjian (Author)

 JANET TASHJIAN is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who has been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel, Tru Confessions, was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie. The Gospel According To Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her bestselling My Life As a Book series is illustrated by her son Jake. She is also the author of the Sticker Girl series.

Session #5 – Grades 4-5

Jonathan Stokes (Author)

JONATHAN STOKES is a former teacher turned successful Hollywood screenwriter and film director. He has written screenplays on assignment for Fox, Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers, New Line, and Sony, and for actors such as Will Smith, Jeremy Renner, and Hugh Jackman.  Inspired by a childhood love of The Goonies, he is the author of Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas series. His latest book, A Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome: A Handbook for Time Travelers, takes children back in time to meet historical figures and explore a city rich in culture and history.

Session #6 – Grades 4-5

Judd Winick (Illustrator / Author) 

JUDD WINICK an award-winning cartoonist who has scripted issues of bestselling comic book series including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League and Star Wars. He is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel series Hilo and is the creator of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, an animated T.V. show that ran for three seasons on the Cartoon Network. A former cast member of MTV’s “The Real World San Francisco,” Judd still lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children.

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