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Fourth annual Book Fair to be held at West Hartford campus (Released: 11/8/95)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Twenty-seven prominent children s book authors and illustrators will autograph their books and many will give short presentations during the 1995 Connecticut Book Fair Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Connecticut s West Hartford campus.

"This is a great opportunity for us authors to interact with children, said Michele Palmer, a Mansfield resident who wrote The Hanukkah Ghosts.

Palmer will be joined by Esphyr Slobodkina, whose Caps For Sale has been a favorite with children since 1947, and Joanna Cole, whose Magic School Bus series has combined science and imaginative fun into stories that have been warmly received by critics and readers alike.

The adventures involve a class of school children led by their eccentric teacher, Ms. Frizzle. The series has been turned into an animated show on public television featuring the voices of Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle, Robby Benson and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Cole said she writes about ideas rather than facts. She always asks herself an implicit question and then tries to answer the question in writing her books.

Caldecott Award winners Uri Shulevitz and Ed Young also will participate in the fair, as well as Ted Lewin, who had a Caldecott Honor book in 1994. The award is given annually to the artist of the best illustrated children s book by the American Library Association in memory of Randolph Caldecott, an English illustrator.

Other authors that will be featured are Pegi Deitz Shea of Vernon and Elisabeth Dyjak of Windham, who are beginning their careers.

Children attending the fair will have an opportunity to take photos with their favorite story book characters such as Ms. Frizzle and the Berenstein bears. Videos, puppet shows and storytelling also are planned.

Book sales from the event will benefit UConn s Northeast Children's Literature Collections. The collections include more than 14,000 classic and modern children s books and a growing archive of original art and manuscript materials from contemporary authors and illustrators.

The free event is sponsored by the Bank of Boston Connecticut, CIGNA, friends of the University of Connecticut Libraries, The Hartford Courant, Kinko s Graphic Corporation, Northeast Utilities, the UConn Co- op and Wondriska Russo Associates.

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