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Laura Numeroff to headline the Childrens Book Festival
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Laura Numeroff, author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” will headline the annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival next weekend. - photo by Photo provided

Laura Numeroff is scheduled to headline the 2009 Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Forsyth Park.

Numeroff joins dozens of authors and illustrators from around the country set to appear at the event. The sixth annual festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling.

Numeroff is the award-winning author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” and “If You Take a Mouse to School.”  The series was honored at the White House at the “Laura Bush Celebrates American Authors” event. Her other titles include “The Chicken Sisters,” “Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers” and “Chimps Don’t Wear Glasses.”

“We’re very excited about hosting some of the biggest names in children’s literature,” said Christy Divine, marketing director for Live Oak Public Libraries. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to come face-to-face with the people who create some of their favorite books. Our goal is to inspire them to not only keep reading, but also to write.”

Other guests scheduled for the festival include:

Dr. Jean Feldman, author of “A Survival Guide for Preschool Teachers” and “Transition Time”;

Bruce Degen, illustrator of the “Magic School Bus” series;

Mike Thaler, author of the 20-book “Black Lagoon” series which includes “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon” and “The Bully from the Black Lagoon”;

David Biedrzycki, author/illustrator of  “Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective”;

Charles R. Smith Jr., author of “Hoop Kings,” “Tall Tales” and “Short Takes”;

Patrick Jones, author of teen fiction including “Stolen Car,” “Chasing Taillights,” and “Nailed”;

Elizabeth Dulemba, illustrator of “Paco and the Giant Chile Plant” and “Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese”;

Michael P. White, illustrator of “The Library Dragon”;

Miss Rosa, host of “PBS Kids”;

Doc Neil (Dr. Neil Shulman), the author of a variety of books about health for children and host of PBS’ “What’s in a Doctor’s Bag?”;

Kyle Puttkammer, creator of the “Galaxy Man” series of comics which feature a humble astronomer whose wife is lost in space;

John and Danita Thomas, authors of the “Kid Concoctions” series of books.

The festival also features arts and crafts, a variety of food vendors, family entertainment, an international tent featuring storyteller J’miah Nabawi, costumed characters, a coastal writers’ circle, a “teen scene” and more.

The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace, Clear Channel Radio, and Comcast.

The rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center.

For more information on the festival, call (912) 652-3689 or visit the library’s Web site,