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 July 14, 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 
  • Tiffany Catledge                           Mixed Me
  • Linda Champion                          Fairy Tales for Life
  • Odessa Cleveland                        Thank You; Water Colored Soul
  • Mary Davé                                   Underwater Rainbow
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tracy Leshay                               She Yelled.  I Screamed ….
  • Mary Lisenbee                             Adventures in Bibleland Books
  • David Lizanetz                             The CANimated Critters …
  • Lori R. Lopez                               Fairy Fly Entertainment
  • Dr. Shelley Metten                      Anatomy for Kids
  • Ashley Mills Monaghan              A Little Goes a Long Way
  • Adam T. Newman                       Milo Ink Books
  • 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
  • Jessica Ruiz                                Put Me in a Book
  • Annie Ruygt                                 The Three Things , Sun Dance
  • 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           
  • Dawn Wynne                               I Remember When…
  • Salina Yoon                                 Stormy Night, et al
  • Benny Zelkowicz                        The Foundry’s Edge