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The 2017 Children’s Pavilion is sponsored by

Valley Oak Dental Group





 There’s something for everyone, so mark your calendar and join the fun!

Saturday, Oct 14th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Free admission!

The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley
aka Bass Pro Center
Hwy 120 @ Union Road exit
280 Lifestyle Rd., Manteca

Join us as we kick off the Great Valley Bookfest Costume Parade!

The fun will begin with our kick off parade at 10:00 AM. Everyone is invited to dress up  ~ come in a costume ~ your favorite book character, your favorite hero, princess, etc!!! Follow the music through authors alley, and into the festival to discover a story or two.



AT THE CHILDREN’S PAVILION amazing authors will be featured. Their works cover a broad spectrum of genres including picture books, chapter books, science and ABC’s. There are mysteries, music, horses and humor. Several of the authors have bilingual books.

The interactive Children’s areas will have something for everyone in the family.  Meet your favorite Princess, Spiderman, Captain America and other amazing characters.  Magicians will offer balloon sculptures plus amazing magic throughout the day.  The Children’s Zone by NEW LIFE will present martial arts, dance demos and even a couple of bounce houses.  See you there!



2017 Children’s Authors Featured

List is Subject to Change


Jennie Chadwick

Jennie Chadwick lives and writes in the Central Valley of California, which is the backdrop for The Peach Tree Kids. She is currently at work on the next book in the series.




Godfrey Coppinger

Godfrey Coppinger is a five-year-old cleverly disguised as a little old lady. She is a life-long doodler, scribbler, and storyteller. She loves to sing songs, make music, and dance. Godfrey looks funny when she dances, but she doesn’t care. She lives on an ant hill in Tarpey Village, near Fresno, California with a leprechaun, an auntie, three dogs (one of whom is a retired pirate) and two cats. She likes to spend time in the mountains. Alone. She has never ridden a horse or an elephant, but both are on her bucket list. She is variously known as The Frog Queen of the San Joaquin, Woman-Who-Runs-With-Lizards, and Teacher Goofball. Godfrey is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The National Storytelling Network, and the Fresno Folklore Society.



Gary Dei Rossi

I served on the initial planning committee of the first Great Valley Bookfest, presented my book “The ABC Book of San Joaquin County”, and was awarded the 2014 Hero of Literacy. I began my educational career in Manteca USD and served as a teacher, vice-principal and principal. I joined the San Joaquin County Office of Education in 1991 and ended my career as the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum. During my time at the county I was involved with many state-wide curriculum issues. I served as the co-chair of the CA history-social science framework committee, was the chair of the CA Pre-school network, and was part of many statewide literacy initiatives. Locally I am on the executive committee of UOP’s Beyond the Gate program (which promotes literacy in our county), on the Ex. Board of San Joaquin A+ which was a joint business and educational group that promoted literacy in our county, and I currently serve on the First 5 Commission which promotes pre-school and literacy efforts throughout the county. My book is a story of a family coming to America and the personality traits it takes to make a journey of that kind. The book is dedicated to all the immigrants that came to America to create a better life for themselves and their families.



Jose Lucio

Jose Lucio is an Author and Illustrator living in beautiful Savannah, GA. His first book, Heave Ho!, was awarded Best New Local Book in 2015 and he received Best Local Author in 2016 from the Readers of Connect Savannah. His second book, Free Rain, is about a group of chickens making the exciting journey from life in a cage to the open fields of the free range. Free Rain is written by Daniel Wentzel and has been brought to life by José with his quirky and fun illustrative style. You can catch him in his personal studio working on projects, or just down the street at the Scribble Art Studio, where he works as an instructor.



Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman has written several books that connect young readers to scientific concepts, including the new fall 2017 release, Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; and previous award-winning titles, such as Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem, a Junior Library Guild Selection and recipient of a starred Kirkus review; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Green Earth Book Award winner; and Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection. Visit her at



Penny Warner

Penny Warner has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her middle-grade mystery, THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB #1: SECRET OF THE SKELETON KEY, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s Mystery. It features four kids who solve a mystery by cracking codes in each chapter. The second book in the series, THE CODE BUSTERS #2: THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, is set on Alcatraz and won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s Mystery. THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB #3: MYSTERY OF THE PIRATE’S TREASURE features the California Missions and the state’s lone pirate, and was nominated for an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award. THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB #4: THE MUMMY’S CURSE, is set at an Egyptian Museum and offers puzzles about artifacts and mummies and was nominated for an Agatha. THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB #5: HUNT FOR THE MISSING SPY is set at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, and won the Agatha Award. THE CODE BUSTRS CLUB #6: SECRET OF THE PUZZLE BOX, set on Angel Island, and is again nominated for an Agatha. You can join the Code Busters Club at



Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton is the author of over 40 children’s books including the midgrade series CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB (Albert Whitman), picture books A CAT IS BETTER (Little Bee), SNOW DOG SAND DOG (Albert Whitman), CASH KAT (Arbordale) and YA mystery MEMORY GIRL (CBAY). A longtime member of SCBWI and Sisters in Crime, Linda is also a frequent speaker at conferences, schools and libraries. She grew up in Sacramento and currently lives near Valley Springs. She completed her first novel at age 11 and submitted stories with the help of her father at 14. Her goal was to be a series author and she has achieved trhis goal with seven juvenile series.



Linda Whalen

Linda Whalen is celebrating the release of her Debut Picture Book, Little Red Rolls Away, published by Sleeping Bear Press, April 2017. Raised in Southern California, she has traveled and lived in many states throughout the United States finally settling in Northern Calif. A city girl who found she loves country life with her husband, family and the creatures playing in the fields around her home, she devotes her life to children and she has been a 4-H leader, volunteer teacher at her church, and owner/operator of Whalen’s Country Childcare a licensed facility. She is an active member of SCBWI, a polished speaker and radio show guest. When she’s not writing Linda loves to sneak away to her art studio.



Daniel Wentzel

Daniel Wentzel is an author and artist residing in Seattle, Washington. Born and raised in Michigan, he left the state in 2006 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received a degree in design for motion media, as well as completing the requirements for a minor degree in creative writing. Free Rain is Daniel’s first foray into the world of children’s book authorship. Over the past 6 years since moving to Seattle, he’s produced projection art and animation displayed at local art shows, providing background visuals for performers in the local experimental music scene.



T. E. Watson

T. E. Watson is an award winning children’s author, columnist in the US and Canada, speaker, and philanthropist. His career has spanned the many aspects of the publishing industry.
Having started by accident from the efforts of some 35 6th graders (he was a teacher), his writings have taken readers to worlds they can revisit again and again. From his most recent travels back to Scotland in The Man Who Spoke With Cats and his best selling Glen Robbie: A Scottish Fairy Tale, to the popular educational and historical pioneer series Going West, his readers keep coming back for more, wondering to which magical land he is going to take them next. He has been awarded with The Best Author of 2009 and his book entitled The Man Who Spoke With Cats was Awarded BEst Children’s Book of 2009. He is the author of some 130 stories and now 3 new audio book productions and 12 new books being completed for children… and he says he has slowed a bit!
With over 40 years in the writing world doing everything from reporting to writing for magazines, to political essays for national, as well as environmental issues. He has also penned many guides and teaching curriculums for schools throughout the country. He has written adult works, and even horror, but his first love will always be the Children’s genre. His research and studies in Literature of the U.K, with a focus on Children’s Writers, with a more focused study of Robert Louis Stevenson earned T.E. the very prestigious FSA Fellowship from the Royal National Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2003.



Bulla, LyndaLynda Bulla

Lynda Bulla grew up in southern California and has resided in a small farming community of Fresno County for over 50 years. She lives with her husband and many dogs on a ranch where the open fields have inspired her stories. Lynda worked for Fresno County Library at the Tranquillity Branch for over 10 years, she was a substitute teacher and is now a real estate broker and owner of Kerman Land Co., Inc. She has a B.A. in liberal studies from University of California, Fresno. It was during her return to college in 1980 that she discovered her love for writing. Lynda and her husband have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Each of Lynda’s 7 books is dedicated to a grandchild. She calls her stories “dialog starters” as she hopes that adults and children will read them together and talk about the special message that the story holds.


Authors also available at the Children’s Pavilion

T.J. Dampier

Linda Champion

Shawnie Clark

Yvette Franklin

Kathleen Gorman

Jillian Gonzalez

Kathy Howell

Kare Moore

John Paul Padilla

John Rallios

Joe Ozier