The Annual Authors’ Fair, a County Office of Education tradition for 37
years, welcomed hundreds of elementary students recently for special day
of devoted to children’s literature.
Hosted by SDCOE’s Library Media Services department, the Fair featured
student projects for authors, teachers, students and parents to view.
“My hope for today is that the students leave here inspired by the
opportunity to meet the authors of their favorite books and realize they
can do the same thing,” said Sandy Gonnerman, SDCOE Librarian.
“I also think it’s very important to have students visit the SDCOE
campus, as it brings a nice reminder to our staff of why we do what we
do,” Gonnerman added.
Students at the Fair visited six authors and illustrators, who described
the detailed process of writing, editing, publishing and marketing a
children’s book. Joy Raab, author and illustrator of the book Kate
Sessions: The Mother of Balboa Park, said soon after moving to San Diego
she discovered Balboa Park and the remarkable contributions of
“When I found out there were no children’s books on Kate, I knew it was
important to write one to inspire children to make a difference within
their community,” said Raab. “Kate was very instrumental in the
landscaping development of San Diego.”
Participating schools included Pacific Beach Elementary, Chesterton
Elementary, Carlton Oaks Elementary, Kimball Elementary, St. Patrick’s
Parochial School, St. Kieran Parochial School, and Boulder Oaks
Along with Raab were fellow authors and illustrators Lori Mitchell,
Judith Josephson, Patty Hall, Edith Hope Fine, Stacia Deutsch.
The Authors’ Fair was co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education and the Greater San Diego Reading Association.