Teen, Young Adult and Children’s Favorite Authors

Many popular authors will be attending the Orange County Children’s Book Festival this year.  You will want to meet them and listen as they read from their books on stage or in an exhibitor’s booth.  Most will be signing their books creating a treasured purchase.

There are 6 stages to visit.

Our Main Stage has been host to Jamie Lee Curtis, Holly Robinson Peete, James Doti, Ph.D, Buzz Aldrin, Rosemary Wells, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  and other celebrity authors.

On our Teen/Middle Grade/YA Stage, authors of books for young adults will capture the interest of our older readers. The Animal Stage has always been a favorite for readers of all ages.  Authors of books about animals are featured along with handlers of real-life exotic animals.

The Storyteller Stage has always captivated the attention of adults and young readers alike. Some of the most talented storytellers of the festival will spin a yarn for you.

Our Illustrator stage includes some gifted artists that demonstrate what it takes to be a children’s book illustrator, and some of our authors do double duty as illustrators as well.

And finally, we have added a Cooking Stage, which will feature some famous Chefs cooking up some special recipes for children and adults, along with some authors of books about cooking, nutrition, and health.  

Confirmed 2015 Authors (as of September 3, 2015)


  • Connie Amarel                            Gary Grasshopper Series, et al
  • Christina Anderson                     Being Only Three Feet Tall
  • Janeen Antonelli                         The Halloween Fairy ….
  • John Archambault                      Toot! Toot! Quack! Quack!
  • Taneeka Bourgeois – daSilva     Building Voices 
  • Dr. Jungmiwha Bullock              Am I Half Giraffe?
  • Troy Carrington                           The Chronos Series
  • Tiffany Catledge                           Mixed Me
  • Linda Champion                          Fairy Tales for Life
  • Odessa Cleveland                       Thank You; Water Colored Soul
  • Amy Costales                               Arbuelo Vivia Solo
  • Rachael Cuellar                           Why Is He Doing That?
  • Mary Davé                                   Underwater Rainbow
  • Conor Dubin                                Kate’s First Mate, Jellyfish Island
  • Chuck Duffie                                The Mole and the Owl
  • Nara Duffie                                   The Monster Realm
  • Melinda Taliancich Falgoust        Wagging Tales Press
  • Sheri Fink                                    The Little Rose, The Little Gnome, et al
  • Kristin Fulton                               Snake Food, The Haunting
  • Aaron Galvin                                Vengeance Trilogy; Salt Series
  • Jenni Garrick                               Pigs & Strawberries
  • Cami Gordon                                Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming
  • Kevin Greenberg                         All the Kings Games & Books
  • Maggie Grinnell                           Isabella and Penelope
  • Monica Hatley-Carr                     I Love the Color Pink
  • Sharron Hopcus                           Poppie the One-Eyed Pug
  • Dave & Barbara Hubert               Christmas Major
  • Craig Inglis                                  Lucky
  • Dr. Zsa Zsa Knight                      Imani Goes to Pre-School
  • Tracy Leshay                               She Yelled.  I Screamed ….
  • Sylvia Lieberman                        Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain
  • Mary Lisenbee                             Adventures in Bibleland Books
  • David Lizanetz                             The CANimated Critters …
  • Lori R. Lopez                               Fairy Fly Entertainment
  • Gordon McAlpine                       The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe
  • Dr. Shelley Metten                       Anatomy for Kids
  • Ashley Mills Monaghan                A Little Goes a Long Way
  • Adam T. Newman                       How to Catch a Cold; … Fight a Cold
  • Imee Nudas                                 Patch & Friend’s Magical Christmas
  • Lacretia Palmer                           Billy the Bully
  • Pamela Jill Patee                         It’s a Colorful World
  • Emma Price                                 Portia’s Incredible Journey
  • CC Rechsteiner                           Apollo in Colorland
  • Patty Rodriguez                           Guadalupe, Frida, et al
  • Flori Senor Rosenthal                  Nono’s Kisses
  • Danielle Royer                              All My Stripes
  • Shaina Rudolph                           All My Stripes
  • Jessica Ruiz                                 The Birthday Quest
  • Annie Ruygt                                 The Three Things , Sun Dance
  • Rich Samuels                              My Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain
  • Icy Smith                                      Mystery of the Giant Masks …
  • Amy L. Stark, Ph.D.                     The Fairy Godmother Next Door
  • Ariana Stein                                 Guadalupe, Frida, et al
  • Michael Thal                                 Koolura – Mystery at Camp Saddleback
  • Lynn Tien                                     Sing in Chinese  (Books & CDs)
  • Veola Vazquez                             Nickel Nuisance
  • Angela Vincent                            Save Queen Green!
  • G. A. Whitmore                            A Place to Call Home:  Toby’s Tail
  • Udo Wahn, MD                            Cabo and Coral  
  • Erin Weidemann                           Bible Belles  
  • Dr. Gary Weitzman                       How to Speak Cat, et al  
  • Jen White                                      Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave
  • Dawn Wynne                                I Remember When…
  • Salina Yoon                                 Stormy Night, et al
  • Rachel Young                                Bruno and Grace
  • Benny Zelkowicz                          The Foundry’s Edge