Raggedy Chan at the Sonoma County Book Festival

[caption id="attachment_352" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Camille Picott reading from her book, Raggedy Chan, at the Sonoma County Book Festival."]Camille Picott reading from her book, Raggedy Chan, at the Sonoma County Book Festival.[/caption]

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being a featured reader in the Children's Tent at the Sonoma County Book Festival. Each year, the Festival features an area just for children. There are vendors with children's books, face painting, and a full day of free readings featuring children's authors and storytellers.

The Children's Tent was set up under big redwood trees in Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square. There was a big rug rolled out on the grass, with a bunch of pillows for the kids to lounge on. I was able to sit on the ground with the kids and read to them. It was a blast. The kids were attentive and inquisitive. Some even came to buy books after I finished.

I shared a booth with three other people, all of whom were either members of BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) or SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). They were: Surrey Blackburn, author of Tales From My Grandmother: Memories of a Child in World War II England; Carolyn CJ Jones, author of Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing; and Charles Markee, author of Otherworld Tales: Irish the Demon Slayer.  The Festival was full of book lovers. It was a great opportunity for authors and publishers to sell books. For readers, it was a chance to discover new stories, meet authors, and listen to authors read from their works. The event was free to the public.

[caption id="attachment_353" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="BAIPA & SCBWI booth at the Sonoma County Book Festival."]BAIPA & SCBWI booth at the Sonoma County Book Festival.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_366" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Camille Picott with her book, Raggedy Chan."]Camille Picott with her book, Raggedy Chan.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_369" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Surrey Blackburn with her book, Tales from my Grandmother: Memories of a Child in World War II England. Surrey also had an authentic gas mask on display."]Surrey Blackburn with her book, Tales from my Grandmother: Memories of a Child in World War II England. Surrey also had an authentic gas mask on display.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_372" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Carolyn CJ Jones with her book, Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing. On top of being a writer, Carolyn is also a photographer; she personally took every photo featured in her award-winning book."]Carolyn CJ Jones with her book, Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing. On top of being a writer, Carolyn is also a photographer; she personally took every photo featured in her award-winning book.[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Charles Markee with his book, Otherworld Tales: Irish the Demon Slayer."]Charles Markee with his book, Otherworld Tales: Irish the Demon Slayer.[/caption]