Meet your favorite authors: Kid Lit Festival returns

By on October 22, 2014

The sixth annual Lititz Teen and Kids Literature Festival brings 11 celebrated authors and illustrators to our community to visit with young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians. This year’s festival, sponsored by Aaron’s Books, is on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Linden Hall. The goal of the festival is to introduce young readers, from pre-K through teens, to the favorite authors and new ones who will inspire a love of reading.

This year’s featured authors are Jennifer Holm, David Levithan, and Tom Angleberger.

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm is coming from California, the furthest any festival author has traveled. She writes two incredibly popular kids graphic novel series: “Babymouse” (for which she won the coveted Eisener Award) and “Squish.” She is a three-time Newberry Honor winner for her novels “Penny from Heaven,” “Turtle in Paradise,” and “Our Only May Amelia.” Her latest middle grade novel, “The Fourteenth Goldfish,” is a really funny story about a girl learning about the scientific method under peculiar circumstances.

David Levithan

David Levithan

David Levithan is a celebrated author of books for older teens. He takes on tough subjects in his novels in a way that that high-schoolers can understand and relate to. He has authored more than a dozen books, including “Every Day,” and “Every Me Every You.” David has also co-authored several books, including “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” with John Green and “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” with Rachel Cohn. His most recent book, “Two Boys Kissing,” garnered the 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and was long listed for the National Book Award. As a book editor, David created the PUSH imprint for Scholastic Publishing and has worked with some of the world’s best-selling authors, including Suzanne Collins (”Hunger Games”), Gordon Korman, and Maggie Steifvater.


Tom Angleberger 


Tom Anglebergerwas one of the festival’s all-time favorite authors during his first appearance, and his popularity has only grown since then. He recently published “Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus,” the concluding volume of his New York Times best-selling Origami Yoda series. His other recent popular titles include “Fake Mustache,” “Quickpick Papers” and “Crankee Doodle.”

In total, 11 authors and illustrators are slated to appear, including: Cece Bell, Caroline Carlson, Kit Grindstaff, A.S. King, John Kloepfer, Matt Phelan, Mara Rockliff and Eric Wight.

Tickets range from $5 for individual children to $20 for a family of four. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St. Details on all events and presentations can be found at the web site.

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