Savannah Children's Book Festival

Shana Corey

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Shana Corey has a flair for finding the story in history and making it accessible to kids. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her first picture book, You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!, which was also selected as a Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2000, a PW Best Book, a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2000, a Children's Literature Choice for 2001, and a 2001 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. Shana's other books for young readers include Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman (A Junior Library Guild Selection), Milly and the Macy's Parade (an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Books Award winner) and Players in Pigtails (an ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Book). Shana is also a children's book editor.

"When I was growing up in North Carolina," Shana says, "my favorite books were about the olden-days: Little House on the Prairie, the Betsy-Tacy books, The Little Princess, and All-of-a-Kind Family. I used to check these books out over and over again from the library-I already had them memorized but I just liked knowing they were in the house. Books about the olden-day held a sort of magic for me."

"One of the words that was most often used to describe Annette Kellerman (the main character of my new book Mermaid Queen) in newspapers of her day is ‘plucky,'" says Shana. "It's one of my favorite words (along with moxie and gumption which Annette and many of the characters I write about also have). To me, ‘pluck' is a combination of courage and confidence-courage to try things others might not approve of, and confidence to keep trying no matter what anyone else says."
"And that's what I really hope kids take away from my books," says Shana.

"That's it's okay to be different and to go against the norm. That history isn't separate from us-we're part of it-we're connected to what came before us and we directly influence what comes next, because the truth of the matter is world isn't usually changed by far away battles or famous people. More often it's a series of small steps and individual rebellions by real people who aren't that different than we are that end up turning the tide of history. Change happens because Rosa Parks didn't want to stand up one day. Or because someone decided that even though they were a girl, they wanted to vote or play sports or dress in comfortable clothes. And I want kids to know that if these people can change the world, than they can, too."

Shana grew up in the South -- Savannah, Athens, and Charlotte, NC. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Find books by Shana Corey at Live Oak Libraries.

Watch Shana Corey talk about Here Come the Girls Scouts.


2014 Savannah Children's Book 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.

September 2014
Carin Berger

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September’s festival storytimes will focus on the books of Carin Berger, author and illustrator of the “The Little Yellow Leaf” and “A Perfect Day.”

Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.

Hinesville Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

West Broad Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.

W.W. Law Library
Wed., Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Midway Library
Thurs., Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m


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.

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