Orange Coast College will host the 16th annual Orange County Children's Book Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The festival brings 90 published authors, 12 studio illustrators and 60 literacy centered exhibitors to the Costa Mesa campus for a day of family fun. Attendees will have a chance to meet with well-known authors and artists, including five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kobe Bryant, who will be promoting his new book "Legacy and the Queen," and reality television star Elena Gant, promoting her new book "Rox & Pax."
Five stages will be located throughout campus, including a S.T.E.A.M stage highlighting space exploration. Noted astrophysicist David A. Aguilar will be on hand to share his experience working for NASA's New Horizons Mission special media team on the historic Pluto Flyby Mission. There also will be Storyteller, Illustrator, Early Reader/Middle Grade/Teen Stage, and Animal and Nature stages. Exhibitors setting up shop at the festival include Orange County Public Libraries, PBS SoCal, Lakeshore Learning, and the Orange County Department of Education. There also will be train rides and bounce houses for kids.
"Our purpose and steadfast commitment for wanting all children to read is what drives us each year to welcome families, have them come and meet authors, and find books to encourage family reading," says Executive Director Pat Burns.
Parking and attendance for the event is free, and multiple food vendors will be on site, including Kona Shaved Ice, Wendy's Bacon Hot Dogs, and Sophia's Kitchen. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend. For more information visit www.kidsbookfestival.com
Visit http://occpublicity.orangecoastcollege.edu/occbf19/ to view a complete list of authors, illustrators and exhibitors.