More than 1,400 San Diego County students participated in this years annual Author's Fair at the County Office of Education. Student projects inspired by their favorite authors were on display for authors, teachers, students and parents to view.
Over a two-day period the County Office was filled with laughs, bubble-making clowns and two children's favorites, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. Students from seven districts and 20 schools participated in the festivities.
Faces lit up full of joy and excitement as students visited different authors and illustrators. Several students expressed how surprised they were to meet the authors face to face.
Each session, authors and illustrators described the process of editing, publishing and marketing a book, followed with question and answer sessions with the students. Patty Hall, author of a series of "Raggedy Ann & Andy" stories, and also the maker of "Down Home Music For Modern Kids," entertained students with folk songs and dancing to the sounds of her guitar. Several students brought their own Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and other memorabilia for Hall to autograph.
Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli, author, illustrator and quilt designer, amazed students, teachers and parents with her children's books and quilts. Tenorio-Coscarelli's books focus on her Hispanic heritage, which includes family recipes, colorful illustrations and quilt patterns.
"This is my fourth year participating in the Authors' Fair and I believe the children's projects are absolutely phenomenal," said Tenorio-Coscarelli. "I take a lot of pride in what I do and I like to share my heritage and stories from the heart that will inspire others."
Among the authors and illustrators were Paul Brewer, Larry Dane Brimner, Beth Wagner Brust, Stacia Deutsch, Edith Hope Fine, Rose Marie Grant, Donna Guthrie, Patty Hall, Judith Josephson, Lori Mitchell, Mary E. Pearson, Joy Raab, Pattie Schnetzler and Jane Tenerio-Coscarelli.
The Authors' Fair was co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education and the Greater San Diego Reading Association.