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Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival Prepares for 5th Annual Event: Festival Names 2014 Poster Artist, Receives $10,000 Grant from State Organization

July 7, 2014 – Sheboygan, Wis. – The 5th annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival (SCBF) may be four months away, but excitement is building early. 

The volunteer-organized event has so far secured nearly a dozen award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators, has named author/illustrator Denise Fleming as its 2014 poster artist, and was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.  

The SCBF brings acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators to Sheboygan, Wis., over a three-day October (10-12) weekend to meet with festival participants and host readings, demonstrations, writing and poetry workshops, art-making sessions and book signings. The events are held in Sheboygan at three different locations: Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Bookworm Gardens. This year’s theme is “Feed Your Imagination,” highlighting imagination and inspiration in books for children and teens. Kevin Henkes, Peter Brown, Raina Telgemeier and Denise Fleming are among the noted authors and illustrators who will appear at the 2014 SCBF. 

Festival Poster Illustration by Denise Fleming
The 2014 SCBF poster features an illustration from children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming's picture book, underGROUND, published by Beach Lane Books. Eight of Fleming’s 20 children’s books have appeared on annual ALA Notable Children’s Books lists. She’s also received three Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Titles (Time to Sleep, Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, and underGROUND), and nine of her books have appeared on the annual New York Public Library’s List of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.  Some of her most notable books include: In The Tall, Tall Grass (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year) and In the Small, Small Pond (a Caldecott Honor Book). 

A limited edition of the 2014 SCBF poster will be available for $25. Also available for sale is the 2013 SCBF poster, illustrated by the late David McLimans, a Caldecott Medal Honor illustrator, and past SCBF presenter. Both posters can be purchased together for $40 and are available to order at: sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org.

Wisconsin Humanities Council Awards SCBF With $10,000 Grant
The Wisconsin Humanities Council’s grant will be used by the SCBF to help cover expenses for visiting authors and illustrators who will engage with audiences during the Oct.10-12 festival. From 2010 to 2013, participation in public and school SCBF programs has grown significantly, from 3,196 to 7,126 attendees. And the number of schools hosting a SCBF visiting author or illustrator on the Friday of the festival has doubled, from eight schools participating in 2010 to 16 schools in 2013. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture and conversation to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. 

About the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
The Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2014, and attracts youth and families throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.  The 2013 festival events were attended by more than 7,100 participants during the weekend activities and school visits, with 98 percent of participants saying they would recommend the festival to a friend or colleague.

The Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, established in 2010, is presented in partnership with community volunteers and local organizations that believe in the transformative power of reading and the literary and visual arts. It takes place annually in October and is Wisconsin's only free, public children's book festival. www.SheboyganChildrensBookFestival.org.

About Wisconsin Humanities Council 
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is a leading statewide resource for librarians, teachers, museum educators and civic leaders, who drive entertaining and informative programs using history, culture and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone. The Wisconsin Humanities Council also awards more than $175,000 a year over seven rounds of grants to local organizations piloting humanities programming. For more information on Wisconsin Humanities Council, visit http://wisconsinhumanities.org or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WisconsinHumanitiesCouncil or Twitter at @WiHumanities.

For More Information
Visit:  sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org, visit their Facebook Page or on Twitter@bookfest4kids

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jo Ann Dent
childrensbookfest@gmail.com /920-912-2309

Stephanie Dlugopolski
sdlugopolski@johnsonville.com / 920-889-0782

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