Interested in meeting the authors and illustrators of some wonderful books for kids? Several events offer a chance to do that.
The 22nd Connecticut Children's Book Fair will bring dozens of acclaimed authors and artists to the Rome Ballroom on the South Campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Among the bestselling creators of books for toddlers to teens will be the much-honored Tomie dePaola, of "Strega Nona" fame, who grew up in Meriden, and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who lived in Sandy Hook for more than 35 years and has published more than 100 books, including "Snowflakes Fall" (Random House, $17.99) by Patricia MacLachlan, a tribute to those who perished in the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook last year.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, dePaola will give a presentation at 10 a.m. and sign books at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and Kellogg will speak at 11:45 a.m. and sign copies at 12:15 and 2 p.m.
Also participating are Aaron Becker, Jonathan Bean, Nicholas Blechman, Elise Broach, Nick Bruel, P.W. Catanese, Elisha Cooper, Diane DeGroat, Etienne Delessert, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robert Forbes, Robie Harris, Jeff Hirsch, Alaya Dawn Johnson, David Johnson, Jarrett Krosoczka, Michaela MacColl, Rita Marshall, Ann Martin, Michael Northrop, Shelley Rotner, David Schwartz, Phoebe Stone, Tui T. Sutherland and Mark Teague.
Attendees are asked not to bring books purchased elsewhere to the fair.
A panel discussion, "This Is Teen, A Conversation," at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, will feature Hirsch, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Northrop and Eulberg. Crafts, stories, musical groups and costumed Strega Nona, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Spot the Dog and Clifford the Big Red Dog will entertain.
Information on specific presentations and signings: 860-486-5027 or bookfair.uconn.edu.
>>Wanda Seldon will read "Beautiful Blackbird" by Ashley Bryan, an adaptation of a Zambian folk tale, on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. for a Read it and Sleep Program at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford. Parents and children can dress in pajamas, enjoy a snack, hear the story and receive a free copy of the book.
Information: 860-310-2580 and www.charteroakcenter.org.
>>Might it be raining pie filling on Mars? Author Judi Barrett will sign copies of her new book that answers that question, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3: Planet of the Pies" (Atheneum, $17.99) at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 pm.
Barrett also will sign "Grandpa's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cookbook," which has 25 recipes kids can make with adult help.
Also at the bookshop, but for adult readers, David Cleveland will sign copies of "Love's Attraction" (Winsted Press, $24.99) on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.,
His romantic novel is about a Washington political fixer facing a bribery scandal who learns secrets about his past. Cleveland is a novelist and art historian who has won honors for his earlier books.
Information: 860-868-0525 or www.hickorystickbookshop.com.
Poets Kate Schapira and Tim Stobierski will read at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the UConn Co-op, 2075 Hillside Road, on the Storrs Campus, as part of the annual Creative Sustenance event benefitting the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, sponsored by UConn's Creative Writing Program. Free, but donations welcomed.
Schapira teaches writing at Brown University and has published four poetry collections, most recently "The Soft Place" (Horse Less Press, $15). Stobierski, UConn graduate, is the author of the collection, "Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer" (River Otter Press, $9.99).