Meet Award-Winning Authors & Illustrators

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oki Join us at the Union Township Branch for Children’s Book Night on Friday, Nov. 1. An illustrator panel with Jeffrey Ebbeler, Tammie Lyon, Christina Wald, and Eric Rohmann begins the evening. Later, hear Featured Authors, Steven Jenkins and Candace Flemming speak. The event is free and open to the public, no registration necessary! Stay around for autographs and book signing.


5:30-6:00              Illustrator Panel

6:00-6:15              Refreshments/Book Fair

6:15-7:00              Author Panel

7:00-7:30              Autographing and Book Signing

Meet the Panelists:

Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating award winning children’s books for over 10 years, and has illustrated nearly 40 picture books. He also writes and illustrates the monthly comic series, Nestor’s Dock, for Ask magazine. Jeffrey is a native of Cincinnati. He recently moved back to the area with his family after living in Chicago for the past 10 years. He hopes to inspire a love of creativity through art and writing at the many grade-school, college, library, and museum presentations he offers. Jeffrey worked as an art director for a Chicago children’s book publisher. His work has been on magazine covers, posters and cd covers. He has also designed pop-up books, painted large scale murals, and sculpted and performed for a marionette theater. He most recently was asked to design the poster for the 2013 Books by the Banks Festival held in Cincinnati in October.

Christina Wald is an illustrator and product designer. She has illustrated many children’s books, including Warm Winter Tail for Sylvan Dell Publishing; Why the Possum has a Large Grin for Pelican, and Henry the Impatient Heron, which won a gold 2010 Mom’s Choice Award. She also designs toys! She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Industrial Design. She currently lives in Green Township and recently started a web comic called Pop Smoothie . In 2011, she designed the poster for the Books by the Banks book festival.

Steve Jenkins always thought he would be a scientist, but as a last minute decision, he enrolled in art school and studied graphic design instead. He now combines his two interests in the amazing picture books he creates. Steve’s collage illustrations provide new perspectives and make the scientific topics of his books more accessible to young readers. His books, including the 2004 Caldecott Honor Award winner, What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, have gained Steve numerous honors and recognitions. The inspiration for many of his books has come from questions asked by his children, and he often collaborates with his wife, Robin Page, who is also an accomplished author and illustrator. His most recent book, Animals Upside Down: A Pull, Pop, Lift, and Learn Book, was published in August 2013.

Candace Fleming regards herself as a storyteller. She’s been telling stories since before she could read. In fifth grade, she awarded herself the Newbery Medal by scraping the sticker off a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and attaching it to the cover of her first novel, a ten page, ten chapter mystery, entitled, Who Done It? Today, Candace no longer needs to borrow recognition from other authors. She is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the beloved Boxes for Katje; and her most recent collaboration with Eric Rohmann, Oh, No!, which has received numerous starred reviews.

Tammie Lyon is the award winning illustrator of numerous picture books for children.Let’s Hear It For Almigal was just awarded Mom’s Choice Gold Medal Winner for 2013. In addition, two of her more recent titles, My Pup and Bugs In My Hair, were both included on the list of the “Top 100 Best Children’s Books” by the Bank Street College of Education. She is known for her work on the Eloise series for Simon and Schuster as well as her new highly regarded series ,Katie Woo, published by Stonearch Books. Tammie’s first written and illustrated title, Olive and Snowflake, Marshall Cavendish Publisher, has just been released receiving starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal as well as the much anticipated Pre-Schoolers Bible, David C. Cook publisher.

Eric Rohmann is the author and illustrator of numerous books for young readers.  In 1999, his book Time Flies received a Caldecott Honor award and in 2003 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit.  As a boy, Eric read Wanda Gag, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Maurice Sendak, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Herriman, and any comic book he could get his hands on. Not always being the best of students, Eric kept busy drawing fancy machines, monsters, knights, dinosaurs, and ships. Now as an adult, Eric lives in a suburb of Chicago and holds degrees in fine arts from Arizon State University and Illinois State University.  His résumé includes being a painter, printmaker, fine bookmaker, and former teacher. His artwork has been featured in various exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the country.  His most recent collaboration with Candace Fleming, Oh No!, has been called a “classic-in-the-making.”

This event is part of the OKI Children’s Literature Conference

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