Ventura County Reading Association
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Previous Years: FEATURED GUEST AUTHORS

2016 GUEST AUTHOR
Kelly Milner Halls
 

Kelly Milner Halls shares her co-authored book Tales of the Cryptids provides the history behind the study of cryptids, or the study of "animals that may or may not be real." The authors provide both supported and unsupported tales, including information about these unusual animals based on scientific facts, pictures, and tales or stories of sightings. Discussion of the more famous cryptids include: Bigfoot (Yeti, Swamp Ape, Sasquatch, etc); the Loch Ness Monster and other sea serpents; the Mokele-mbembe (and other dinosaur- like animals); cryptic mammals like the Amazonian Mapinguari, the North American hyena, and the Goat Sucker or Chupacabras. ​A "Reality Index" at the end of the book weighs all the data-or lack thereof-to verify and debunk each cryptid discussed. Great fun for the whole family!

2013 GUEST AUTHOR
Tina Nichols Coury

In her debut picture book, Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up on Mt. Rushmore, Tina Nichols Coury brings to life the story of Lincoln Borglum, the boy who helped build Mt. Rushmore.
Jodi Shapiro, VCRA Board Member and local author, with YAF Featured Author Tina Nichols Coury showing off Tina’s NEW book Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore.

Learn more about Tina Nichols Coury
on her website!
Guest Author Tina Nichols Coury hanging out with our VCRA Board Members!

Young Authors' Faire 2013

2014 GUEST AUTHOR
Wade Bradford

In this humorous history of messy rooms, Why Do I Have To Make My Bed?, Wade Bradford shows readers how children have been playing games, tending to chores, and making beds throughout the ages.
Featured Guest Author Wade Bradford greets families and autographs copies of his book Why Do I Have To Make My Bed?

​Learn more about Wade Bradford on his website!
CSUCI Students supporting Families and young authors as they hand out copies of Wade Bradford's book!

Young Authors' Faire 2014

2015 GUEST AUTHOR
Rene' Colato Lainez

In I Am Rene', the Boy, ​René Colato Laínez tells the story of the name he shares with his grandfather and father. In El Salvador, it is a name only for boys but when he came to the U.S. he found out René was a girl’s name!
​Rene' Colato Lainez, Featured Guest Author for 2015, ​the Salvadoran award winning author of many bilingual/ multicultural children's books. The featured book for 2015 was I am Rene', the Boy.

​Learn more about ​Rene' Colato Lainez on his website!
Guest Author ​Rene' Colato Laínez joins Past-President Charice Guerra in welcoming families to the Young Authors' Faire 2015.

FEATURED AUTHORS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS