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: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen was born in New York City, but spent part of her childhood in California when her father got a job in Hollywood doing publishing. Yolen's mother was a psychiatric social worker until Yolen was born, after which she wrote crossword puzzles and short stories. After a few years, they moved back to New York. Yolen's dad served in the army during WWII, and was the head of ABSIE, the secret radio in London. He returned from the war as a hero after getting wounded. As a child, Yolen took piano lessons, wrote stories, sang, and studied ballet. She and her brothers created a newspaper for their apartment that they sold for five cents a copy. When she was entering high school, her family moved to Westport, Connecticut where Yolen was captain of the basketball team, won debate awards, served as news editor of the school paper, and was the vice president of the Spanish and Latin clubs. She graduated seventh in her class. Yolen went to Smith College, where she was president of the Press Board, won poetry writing awards and a journalism award, and did theatre. She wrote a book of poetry; many of her poems were published in various journals. After college, she became in editor in New York City. On her 22nd birthday, she sold her first book—a children's book—called Pirates in Petticoats. Yolen has written over 300 books. She is most well known for her books Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She and her late husband have three children and six grandchildren. Yolen now lives in western Massachusetts, and she has a house in Scotland where she lives for four months of the year.

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.

The latest News for the Hudson Childrens Book Festival

Fund Raiser!

Book Festival Hot Sub Sale
Friday, January 16th
11 am - 7 pm or sold out!
Hudson Central Fire Station
77 N. 7th Street
$8 per sub
Pepperoni, meatball, or sausage & peppers
Contact us if you'd like to place an order ahead of time!
We would really appreciate it! In Memory of Joseph Maben

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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