Savannah Children's Book Festival

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the winner of the Caldecott Honor, the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, and a 2-time winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor.  She is also the recipient of the 2011 Empire State Award for “Body of Work and Contribution to Children’s Literature”.

Laura grew up on Long Island, New York, with her parents, Vera and Phil, brothers, Billy and Tommy, sister, Linda, and both grandmothers.  She began drawing at two years old and never stopped.

She earned her BFA degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at the State University of New York at Purchase in Westchester, New York.  She then moved to Manhattan and began a career as an animator, artist, designer and editor in the network television business.  She created show openings and special segments for NBC and ABC for many years and won an Emmy Award for an NBC Special opening animation.
  
Laura has been an artist and a writer for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to make picture books for children.  In the fifth grade, she’d written an essay that stated with absolute certainty that she was born to make picture books.  By that time, she had written and illustrated her own little library.  Over the years, she continued to make books of all shapes and sizes and several years ago, she decided it was time to try to get some of her books published.  She was fortunate to have met her editor, Neal Porter, almost immediately.  They are now starting work on their fifteenth book together and have plans for many more.

Laura lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper, the star of her "Dog and Bear" series.  She loves painting, writing, surfing, boating, tennis, running, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.  She takes long walks at the beach each day and paints in her studio each night.

Find books by Laura at Live Oaks Libraries.

Watch Laura talk about writing and illustrating her books.


2014 Festival Storytimes

Live Oak Public Libraries presents special storytimes leading up to the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, which is set for Nov. 15, 2014, at Forsyth Park. These storytimes feature the books of a different festival author or illustrator each month.

October 2014
James & Kimberly Dean

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.


November 2014
Tedd Arnold

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.

About the Festival


2014 Contests

2014 Poster Contest

Photo Albums
2012 I 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

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Many thanks to our generous festival sponsors:

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Many thanks to the following for their in-kind support:

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