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Important Great Valley Bookfest 2020 Update

Every year, we look forward to the annual Great Valley Bookfest in October. We love, love, love connecting with our Bookfest fans and sharing our love of books!

However, given the uncertainty and health concerns around COVID-19 and large public events, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone Bookfest 2020 to October 9, 2021.

This was an incredibly tough call to make - we love celebrating literacy and demonstrating the fun of reading. But nothing is more important than the health and safety of our event attendees, authors, sponsors and volunteers.

We remained committed to our annual Bookmark Contest and hope we continue to receive entries.  BTW – in case you missed it – we extended the deadline to May 31. We will announce the winning artists in June and cannot wait to reveal their designs!  The winning bookmarks will be part of our 2021 event.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this postponement causes but we look forward to welcoming you in 2021.



 Mark your calendar and join the fun!

Saturday, Oct 19th., 2021 - 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!



2019 Children’s Authors Featured

List is subject to change


Alba Arango

Alba Arango is the author of the Decoders series as well as the JJ Bennett: Junior Spy series. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is a retired high school teacher turned full-time author. She loves coffee and chocolate (especially together … white chocolate mocha is the best!). To learn more about Alba, visit her website at




Jennie Chadwick

I grew up in a small neighborhood, with lots of kids. Our playgrounds was peach orchards and grapes vineyards. Dry creek was our adventure and make believe place. I’ve always love to speak and read to kids. Kids are our future and our memories. I’m working on the next “The Peach Tree Kids” book, but
there will always be a next TPTK book, because I love to keep kids reading and making kids laugh and giggle.


Sierra Jean

I am a married mom of 3, a follower of Jesus. A lover of nature and all things colorful. I am an artist before a writer, however I equally enjoy both. I love crafts, DIV, naps and cookies. I believe laughter is the best medicine along with forgiveness. I’m not a hoarder but a collector of sorts. I love painting, hiking and eating.
Before I became a self proclaimed author I collected a lot of student loans being a motorcycle technician. That’s probably a future book;). Amazon: Sierra Jean



Connie McLennan

Connie McLennan is an illustrator, author, painter, mom, and was briefly a paralegal. She produced advertising illustration for many years before venturing into the world of children’s picture books. Connie illustrated 13 books for other authors, then in 2018 finally wrote and illustrated her own book, “The Forest in the Trees.” A fine artist as well, Connie now juggles painting with writing, illustrating, and talking about redwood trees. She is married with one grown son and lives in Rocklin, California.



Orlando Molina

Orlando Molina was born and raised in Brooklyn growing up on 90’s Hip-Hop and learning the art of
writing rhymes. His daughter Sultana was born there, but they moved to Stockton in 2018 to be closer to family (Avoiding NYC winters was a bonus). Being a new dad, he wanted to use his rhyme skills for the youth and make something that parents would enjoy to make family reading fun again. 



Donna Sager Cowan

As the youngest child in a large family, Donna felt lost in the crowd. She entertained herself by making up stories and friends to play with. By age 5, Donna had taught herself to read, and that began her imaginative journey to dreamy castles with princes and fairy godmothers. Donna is a grandmother, random fact-finder, and encourager. And, yes, she believes she is a superhero. She lives in California with her family and four cats. (Sadly, no mice like Simon.) Follow The Superhero School series at



Maxine Rose Schur

I am an award-winning children’s book author and travel essayist. My most recent book is the picture book, Marielle in Paris, published in 2017, and tells the adventurous story of a dress-designing mouse who must overcome her greatest fear to rescue her dresses which have been scattered all over Paris. This year I have 2 other children’s books coming out. The first one, Brave with Beauty, is the remarkable story of Queen Gohar Shad of Afghanistan, whom many historians believe was the most powerful woman in world history. As an architect and poet, she ushered in a golden age of arts and culture in Herat that rivaled Florence. My middle grade novel, The Word Dancer will be published as well. It is the story of a girl who believes herself fearful yet courageously saves the kingdom from traitors by using the magical power of words. I love to do author readings for both children and adults! I’ve spoken at numerous venues both in the SF Bay Area and in Paris. I also teach writing for children at the San Francisco Writing Salon and was the Baker-Nord Guest Speaker on Writing to the Humanities faculty at Case Western Reserve University.



Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton is the author of over 45 books for kids, including YALSA honored THE SEER series and DEAD GIRL WALKING trilogy. She submitted short stories to magazines when she was 14 and finished her first book during a 2-week holiday. She kept stories she wrote as a kid and loves to share them when in her school presentations. Her childhood 100-book collection of girl series books like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden grew to an adult passion and now thousands of juvenile series books fill her home library. A fan letter at age 13 led to her friendship with author Margaret Sutton and later a co-written Judy Bolton mystery. When she was 14 she wrote a goal of wanting to write a series of her own-and it happened. She encourages kids, “Follow your dreams no matter how impossible they seem. With hard work and determination, dreams come true.”


Danna Smith

SCBWI member and award-winning author of 14 picture books including ARCTIC WHITE, SWALLOW THE LEADER, MOTHER GOOSE’S PAJAMA PARTY and four Little Golden Books. Danna’s non-fiction picture book, THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE: A Story of Medieval Falconry, received two starred reviews and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Danna is currently living in Northern California where she is hard at work on her next book.


Connie Tate

Connie Tate, Ed.D. also known as Dr. Tate, Mrs. Tate, Mom and Omie is a teacher turned author from Turlock, California. During her 40 years in education she taught preschool-sixth grade, reading
intervention programs and adult reading classes. After retirement she turned her attention to writing stories of pets, mischief, and everyday experiences of young children. Connie receives daily inspiration from her ten grandchildren and five granddogs.



Linda Whalen

Born in Texas, while still a toddler Linda Whalen was whisked away to San Diego, CA where she grew up near the Pacific Ocean and ultimately met her husband. Even though she now lives inland the smell and sounds of waves crashing draw her to the coast every now and then. Following her husband’s career she and their five children have lived in many states and finally settled in Northern CA. Linda’s devotion to children shows in her experiences as a 4-H leader, religious education teacher, classroom aide, PTO VP, involvement in a co-op pre-school, and owner of Whalen’s Country Child Care. She draws on these
experiences for her passion of writing for children. She holds dear the wonder seen in the eyes of a child and hopes she will forever be inspired by the sight. Linda has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and television. When she is not writing, presenting at schools and libraries, or doing book signings Linda likes to sneak away to her art studio.



Sandra Young

Sandra Young was raised on an almond orchard in the central valley of California, She loved working as an elementary school teacher and administrator. She has published two children’s books and enjoys traveling, community service projects, and spending time with her grandchildren.




Diane Rose Duffy

Diane Rose Duffy is a California native with a passion for books and a constant craving for coffee and chocolate. After relocating from Silicon Valley’s pandemonium, Diane now savors a peaceful lifestyle in Northern California’s Sierra Foothills. This author has completed three contemporary romance novels and two funny children’s chapter books with the support of her husband/soulmate of nearly twenty years. Amazon: Diane-Rose-Duffy



List is Subject to Change