Meet the artists for Children's Festival of Reading 2017

Children's Festival of Reading - Saturday, May 20, 2017, World's Fair Park, 10 am - 3 pm

Adam Rex

Adam Rex

Adam Rex began his career in children's books as the illustrator of picture books by authors such as Neil Gaiman, Amy Timberlake, and Mac Barnett. He has since written and illustrated his own picture books, including the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. His debut novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was adapted into the DreamWorks film Home in 2014. His most recent titles include his picture book XO, Ox: A Love Story and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors written by Drew Daywalt.

Sarah Weeks

Sarah Weeks

Sarah Weeks has written more than fifty picture books and novels for children and young adults including the bestselling novels Pie and So B. It, which is now a feature film. Two of her most recent titles include the novel Save Me a Seat and the picture book Glamourpuss. Weeks teaches writing at the New School University in New York City and is a founding member of ART, a traveling troupe of authors who perform reader’s theatre at conventions and conferences across the country.

Gwendolyn Hooks

After teaching middle school math for many years, Hooks decided to follow her passion to write books for children fulltime. Her titles include the Pet Club series of books for beginning readers as well as nonfiction titles such as Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, winner of the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

Mary Reaves Uhles

Mary Uhles

Mary Reaves Uhles began her career as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. Since becoming a freelance illustrator, she has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her work includes The Little Kid's Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle and Beyond the Grave by Dottie Enderle. Most recently she illustrated a collection of poetry by J. Patrick Lewis titled Kooky Crumbs: Poems in Praise of Dizzy Days. She lives with her family in Nashville.

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Charles R. Smith, Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer and poet with over thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem entitled My People, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award for his Muhammad Ali biography, Twelve Rounds to Glory.

Lita Judge

LIta Judge

Lita Judge always dreamed of being a writer and artist and has been able to turn that dream into a reality. She has written and illustrated over a dozen books, many inspired by the animals she observes in the world around her. Her most recent book, Hoot and Peep, about a young owl finding her voice, will have a sequel next fall. Judge lives with her husband Dave, two kitties, and a little green parrot in a red house in the middle of a New Hampshire wood.

Richard Sobol

Richard Sobol

Richard Sobol is an award-winning photographer who travels the world for his work, which has appeared in National Geographic, Time, Rolling Stone and many other magazines.