Did you know that the author of the adorable “Biscuit” children’s book series lives in Hastings? I didn’t either, but I’m excited to go meet Alyssa Capucilli at Children’s Book Day on Saturday, September 15 between 12 and 6pm. Capucilli will be one of 60 local children’s book authors who will make an appearance at the festival, which will feature readings, demonstrations, music and book signings.
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside (One Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown) is an enchanting estate along the Hudson River, making it the perfect backdrop for a Saturday afternoon. (It’s where the author wrote Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.)
Have a picnic with food on hand from Irvington’s always tasty Geordane’s market — love their salads! Clifford will be giving little ones high-fives, and there will be appearances by the Big Red Dog, Bunnicula, Biscuit and Franklin the Turtle. Best of all, the hippy ladies from the 1970s children’s series “The Magic Garden” will be there. One of them — Carole Demas — lives in Irvington. Um, hilarious.
Can you guess which Westchester town has the most children’s book authors at the event?
Here’s a list of the authors who will be at the event listed by town. With five writers listed, Hastings has the most children’s book authors on the list. Tickets are $14 for adults; $8 for kids 3 to 17.
From Bedford Hills: Katie Davis, author of The Curse of Addy McMahon; Jerry Davis, author of Little Chicken’s Big Day.
From Chappaqua: Matt Van Fleet, author/illustrator of Sniff!; Jean Van Leeuwen, author of the Amanda and Oliver Pig series; Barbara Dee, author of Trauma Queen. Mara Van Fleet, author/illustrator of Little Color Fairies.
From Cortlandt Manor: Mayma Raphael, author of I Love the Skin I’m In!, Helen Pashley, author of Little Science Books.
From Croton: Gloria Pinkney, author of Back Home; Jerry Pinkney, illustrator of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
From Goldens Bridge: Nora Raleigh Baskin, author of Anything But Typical.
From Hartsdale: Eric Velasquez, illustrator of Touch the Sky.
From Hastings: Alyssa Capucilli, author of the Biscuit series; Ed Young, illustrator of Nighttime Ninja; Roni Schotter, author of All About Grandmas; Dan Greenburg, author of The Secrets of Dripping Fang series; and J.C. Greenburg, author of Andrew Lost series.
From Irvington: Peter Sis, author/illustrator of The Wall, Alan Richardson, author of Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, Oh My!
From Katonah: Judy Blundell, author of 39 Clues, and Léna Roy, author of Edges.
From Mamaroneck: Charise Mericle Harper, author/illustrator of Just Grace series.
From Ossining: Susanna Reich, author of Minette’s Feast; Gary Golio, author of When Bob Met Woody.
From Scarsdale: Bernard Most, author/illustrator of Dinosaur Cousins.
From Tarrytown: Nick Bruel, author/illustrator of Bad Kitty.
From White Plains: Howard Fine, illustrator of Dinosauring.
From Yonkers: James Howe; author of Otter and Odder.
From Yorktown: Marisabina Russo, author of The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds.