Meet the illustrator of the “Flat Stanley” series and the author of “Space Boy” at the 2008 Bolton Children’s Author Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. in Davis Hall at The First Parish Church of Bolton, 673 Main St.

Meet the illustrator of the “Flat Stanley” series and the author of “Space Boy” at the 2008 Bolton Children’s Author Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. in Davis Hall at The First Parish Church of Bolton, 673 Main St.

Spearheaded by Pam Kaminski and Mary Delaney, co-chairman of the Friends of the Bolton Public Library, the festival will feature a mix of 11 authors and illustrators of popular children’s stories, including Bolton’s own Suzy Becker, author of “Everything I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned From My Cat” and Delaney, who wrote the book, “Mabel O’Leary Put Peas In Her Ear-Y.”

Books will be available for purchase, at retail price, and afterwards, patrons can have them personalized, for free, by the author or illustrator.

“We think it’s a great time for people to Christmas shop. We think that signed books, especially when you get to meet the author yourself — it’s a great thing. It’s memorable shopping and these are books that people have a tendency to keep,” Kaminski said, who noted that the first festival was held in 2006 and drew patrons from Bolton and area towns.

“We hope to keep this growing. We’re doing it every other year. We hope to have more and more authors and have a reading corner and some other things. We are starting slow,” Delaney added.

Delaney said that raffle tickets for baskets filled with signed books and memorabilia designed to accompany the books, including notebooks, pens, bookmarks and stuffed animals, will also be sold at the festival.

Money raised from the festival will go to the library capital campaign and is earmarked for furnishings and other odds and ends needed for the new library.

Kaminski said, “We have raised over $930,000; so we need $110,000. We met the amount that we needed to get the library construction started; we are kind of on the homestretch here.”

To round out the event, cookies and cider will be served and pies will be sold.

“It’s a nice homey Bolton touch,” Kaminski said, referring to the pie sale, “a little extra something.”

Admission to the festival is free.

Kaminski hopes that the event will generate excitement among residents about the library and the upcoming renovations.

Delaney added, “The library is something that can be the middle of the community and bring people together. I want people to understand that it’s more than just this building that has been so controversial. It’s a wonderful part of the community and taking care of our town.”

Meet the authors

Eleven authors and illustrators of best-selling children’s books will converge at Davis Hall on Oct. 4.

Anne Broyles
Anne Broyles’ first children’s book, “Shy Mama’s Halloween,” won the Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning magazine and was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Her second book, “Priscilla And The Hollyhocks” is based on a true story and follows Priscilla from her early years on a Southern plantation to her forced march along the Trail of Tears to the chance encounter that leads to her freedom. Visit Anne at Annebroyles. com.

Suzy Becker
Bolton’s own Suzy Becker has written five books with pictures, including the newly expanded Double Platinum Collector’s Edition “All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat (And Then Some)”. Her first board book (for babies) “Books Are For Reading” (Random House) will be out in January. Visit her at

Karen Day
Karen Day is the author of two middle grade novels, “Tall Tales” and “No Cream Puffs.” She lives in Newton with her husband and three children. Visit her website:

Jeannie Brett
Jeannie Brett has illustrated four children’s books. She can be seen visiting New England schools, libraries and speaking at educator conferences.

Susan Paradis
Susan Paradis is the author/illustrator of three books including “Snow Princess” and “Brass Button.” Visit her at

Jamie Harper
Jamie Harper is the author of three picture books including “Miss Mingo And The First Day Of School,” and two “Baby Bundt” board books. She has also illustrated the “Emma” series by Sally Warner. Visit Jamie at

Mitali Perkins
Mitali Perkins’ ( award-winning books for young readers include “Monsoon Summer,” “The Sunita Experiment,” “Rickshaw Girl,” “Secret Keeper,” and the “First Daughter” books. She also writes Mitali’s Fire Escape, (, a popular blog where she invites discussion about books and life between cultures.

Mary Newell DePalma
Mary Newell DePalma has written and/or illustrated more than a dozen children’s books, including “A Grand Old Tree,” “The Strange Egg” and “The Nutcracker Doll,” a holiday story about a little girl’s dream. Visit Mary at

Leo Landry
Leo Landry has written and illustrated six books, and been the illustrator of five books by other authors. His recent titles include “Space Boy” and “Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise!”

Scott Nash
Scott Nash has illustrated more than 30 children’s books, including “Saturday Night At The Dinosaur Stomp” and “The Buggliest Bug” by Carol Diggory Shields, “Over The Moon” by Rachel Vail, “Betsy Who Cried Wolf” by Gail Carson Levine, “Snow Day!” “Beach Day!” and “Rainy Day” by Patty Lakin, and the “Flat Stanley” series by Jeff Brown. See

Mary Delaney
Mary Delaney of Bolton got the idea for her book, “Mabel O’leary Put Peas In Her Ear-Y” from a babysitter who made her sit at the table until she ate all of her peas.