Milwaukee Spring Children’s Book Fair – Authors, Books, Program Details

Featured Authors

A number of additions are pending. Stay tuned! And mark your calendars for the first Milwaukee Spring Children’s Book Fair. The new event, featuring great books about environmental awareness and social justice, will take place 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Milwaukee’s lovely Urban Ecology Center–Riverside building.

Sandy Brehl, author of Odin’s Promise, Bjorn’s Gift, and Mari’s Promise, a trilogy about the underground resistance in Norway during WWII.

Emily Demuth, co-author with her sister Hilda Demuth of Plank Road Summer, a historical novel involving the Underground Railroad in SE Wisconsin, Plank Road Winter, about dealing with refugees in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, and Hattie’s War, about dealing with veterans returning to Milwaukee after the Civil War by efforts that were the beginnings of the Veteran’s Administration system.

Janet Halfmann, author of the recent book, Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School, a story of a woman born into slavery whose determination and bravery led to the literacy of countless slaves.

Stephanie Lowden, author of Jingo Fever, a historical novel about anti-immigrant and ethnic American sentiment against German-Americans in Wisconsin during WWI.

(If you would like to apply to be included as a Featured Author, here is Information for Authors and Publishers.)

Other Featured Books (Partial List)

One Plastic Bag:
Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
by Miranda Paul
One woman’s efforts to rid her Gambian village of trash sparks a recycling movement. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

Doyli to the Rescue:
Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon
photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
Shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world, and offers ideas on ways to help protect wild animals.

Follow The Moon Home:
A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
A turtle conservation picturebook that also outlines a detailed, scientific approach that young activists can use to address environmental and social problems.

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
by Kate Smith Milway
Set in Ghana, this award-winning book introduces kids to micro-lending and the power of social entrepreneurship, and is linked to a curriculum (One Hen Academy, www.onehen.org) used by educators around the world to teach the importance of giving back youth entrepreneurship.

Tony and His Elephants:
Best Friends Forever!
photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
Introduces Tony, an eight-year-old boy, whose family runs a small elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. He becomes involved in the care of two young elephants, Baby Pumpuii and Nam Cho, rescued from an urban setting to a new life in the forests. Tony is drawn into a deep relationship with these amazing and sensitive animals.

Tortuga Squad:
Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
An unusual glimpse of children as environmental activists within their own community.” – ALA Booklist

Under the Quilt of Night
by Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome
“Dramatic oil paintings and compelling verse-like prose combine to portray the harsh yet hopeful experience of travel along the Underground Railroad.” – Publishers Weekly

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
by Miranda Paul
A poetic introduction for young readers to the nature and importance of the water cycle for young readers.

Author Presentations & Book Talks

[Program details to come soon!]

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