2020’s Hudson Children’s Book Festival set for Saturday, May 2nd in Hudson, NY from 10am – 3pm!

The 11th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival was a roaring success!

The 2019 Hudson Children’s Book Festival was a wonderful event filled to the brim with authors, books, children and families. Eighty-two children’s and young adult authors came together to inspire the love of reading and writing for people of all ages. Seymour Simon, whom the New York Times called, “the dean of the children’s science field,” who has written over 300 highly acclaimed science books, was crowned this year’s “Literary Lion” by the Hudson Literacy Fund. In addition to Seymour, we had so many amazingly talented authors such as Salina Yoon, Jerry Craft, James Preller, Nikki Grimes, Veera Hiranandani, Tony Abbott, Jane Yolen, Matt Phelan, Heidi Stemple….the list goes on! Our community room was bustling with organizations representing various community resources for children and families. Assemblywoman, Didi Barrett, and and Congressman, Antonio Delgado, made an appearance at the festival as well! Science experiments from Camp Invention, moon photos provided by Molinski Photography, and music provided by DJ Maria Vavrina rounded out the experience for all festival attendees. The 11th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival was a roaring success. Mark your calendars for our 12th annual event on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Seymour Simon was the Featured Author for the 2019 Book Festival! Who will it be for 2020?

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Awardfor his lasting contribution to children’s science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Awardfor Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Awardfrom the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children’s science literature; The Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children’s nonfiction; the Empire State Awardfor excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Awardfrom the National Forum on Children’s Science Books. His website, SeymourSimon.com, is a WebbyAwardhonoree and was named one of twelve “2012 Great Websites for Kids” by the American Library Association. More than seventy-five of Seymour Simon’s books have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Seymour Simon (@SeymourSimon), whom the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of over 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects, and says: “I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than I am in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”

Authors & Illustrators — Would you like to participate in the 2019 Festival?

If you’d like to be a participating author at the 2019 Hudson Children’s Book Festival, please download and complete the application.  Participating authors and illustrators are chosen at our discretion and each applicant will be notified of their status whether accepted or not. If you are not chosen as a participating author, you will be placed on a wait list. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2019.  Please send your completed application to HCBF@hudsoncsd.org or via snail mail at the address on the form.

Download and complete the Application!

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2019 Poster!

Our 2019 poster is now available — click to view/download.

Hudson Talbott reading at the Hudson Childrens Book Festival


Support the Festival
Through out the year, HCBF holds fundraisers to benefit the festival. You’ll find information about them posted here and our Facebook page!

Authors at the Hudson NY Childrens Book Festival

Fun Facts

Did You Know?
The Hudson Children’s Book Festival is one of the biggest book festivals in New York State!

Authors attending the Hudson Childrens book festival held each May in Hudson NY

Listen to our Festival Song!

Junior High School music teacher, Marylou Knull and a group of talented Jr/Sr High students wrote the lyrics and music for the official Hudson Children’s Book Festival song, Inside a Book, and recorded it at Henry Hirsch’s Waterfront Recording Studio! Click the link to listen!