MORRISTOWN, NJ - Book festivals happen all over the world and can take many shapes and sizes but the Morristown Festival of Books is a two day event that is open to the public and aside from select ticketed talks, free of charge.

The KidFest will take place at the Presbyterian Church Parish House, 65 South Street from 10am - 4pm. The community is invited to stop by to discover new books, listen to a story, meet your favorite author, participate in a Q & A, and have book purchases autographed. Kids and their families are also encouraged to explore their creativity and embrace their curiosity through musical acts, hands-on crafts, writing workshops, and more! Costumed characters, games, and concessions on site round out the attractions.

Check out this year's fantastic roster for KidFest and the new YA Loft area!

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  • KidFest Featured Author/Illustrator team Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson (Carmela Full of Wishes)  **Ticket required (see details below)
  • Roda Ahmed (Mae Among the Stars)
  • Heather Alexander (A Child's Introduction to Norse Mythology)
  • Sayantani DasGupta (The Serpent's Secret)
  • Christopher Eliopoulos, illustration demonstration (I am Neil Armstrong and Monster Mayhem)
  • Debbi Michiko Florence (Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper)
  • Dan Gutman (My Weirdest School #11: Mr. Will Needs to Chill!)
  • Peter Lerangis (Max Tilt: 80 Days or Die)
  • Jessica Love (Julián is a Mermaid)
  • Margaret McNamara (Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton)
  • Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad (Proud: Living My American Dream)
  • Laura Numeroff (If You Give A Mouse a Cookie)
  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Naomis Too and Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins)
  • Eliot Schrefer (Orphaned)
  • David Ezra Stein (Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise)
  • Audrey Vernick (Naomis Too and Take Your Octopus to School Day)
  • Tracey West (Dragon Masters: Shine of the Silver Dragon)

Young Adult Authors in the YA Loft:

  • Featured YA Author Laini Taylor (Muse of Nightmares)
  • Dhonielle Clayton  (The Belles)
  • Zoraida Córdova  (Bruja Born)
  • Kass Morgan (Light Years)
  • Emily X.R. Pan (The Astonishing Color of After)
  • Jennifer E. Smith (Windfall)
  • Ibi Zoboi (Pride)

**Reserve your seat now to hear KidFest Featured Author/Illustrator team Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson. For your FREE seat reservations and to pre-order a copy of Carmela Full of Wishes, please click here.

Bring your gently-used children's books (infant through elementary school) to KidFest or buy a book at the festival to donate. The Morristown Rotary will distribute them to organizations serving underprivileged children in New Jersey.

The official sponsor of KidFest 2018 is Goryeb Children's Hospital. KidFest 2018 is also generously supported by Far Hills Country Day School, Gill St. Bernard's, Morristown Beard School, Oak Knoll School, The Peck School, and The Red Oaks School. The official 2018 sponsor of Morristown Festival of Books is Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Morristown Festival of Books is a fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a non-profit corporation, and we proudly support literacy and education in our community, this year through a partnership with the Morris Educational Foundation.

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