2015's Hudson Children's Book Festival set for Saturday, May 2nd!

Stay tuned here for more information on the Seventh Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival on May 2, 2015!

Author of the Week: Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio, but her childhood was split between Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York. She has said of her childhood, "The South was so lush and so slow-moving and so much about community. The city was thriving and fast-moving and electric. Brooklyn was so much more diverse: on the block where I grew up, there were German people, people from the Dominican Republic, people from Puerto Rico, African-Americans from the South, Caribbean-Americans, Asians." Woodson says that she wrote on everything as a child, and told stories everywhere she went.

Woodson's writing was inspired by such authors as James Baldwin, Virginia Hamilton, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, Rosa Guy, and Louise Meriwether. Woodson's books explore issues of gender, class, race, family, and history. One of her most well-known books is Miracle's Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001. She received Newbery Honors for her books Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac & D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way.

Woodson won the Margaret Edwards Award in 2005 for her lifetime contribution as a children's writer. She was the U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014. She won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2014 for the book Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner, her two children, and her dog Maus.

Authors & Illustrators -- Would you like to participate in the 2015 Festival?

If you'd like to be a participating author at the 2015 Hudson Children's Book Festival, please download and complete the application. Participating authors and illustrators are chosen at our discretion and each applicant will be notified of their status whether accepted or not.

If you are not chosen as a participating author, you will be placed on a wait list. The deadline for applying is March 31, 2015. Please send your completed application to hcbf@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com or via snail mail at the address on the form.

Click to Download the Application Form

How to Contact the Book Festival

Email: hcbf@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com

You can call (518) 828-4360 and speak with Lisa Dolan (extension: 1112) or Jennifer Clark (extension: 8202) for additional information.

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Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser

March 7th from 8am - 10am
$5 All You Can Eat Pancakes
Proceeds Benefit HCBF

Fun Facts about the Hudson Childrens Book Festival held in Hudson NY each year

Fun Facts

Did You Know?
The Hudson Children's Book Festival is the LARGEST book festival in New York State!


Listen to our Festival Song!

Junior High School music teacher, Marylou Knull and a group of talented Jr/Sr High students wrote the lyrics and music for the official Hudson Children's Book Festival song, Inside a Book, and recorded it at Henry Hirsch's Waterfront Recording Studio! Click the link to listen!

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