Edgerton Book Festival features “Polar Express” author

For those of you looking for something to do this Saturday, October 23, 2010, why not make the short drive over to Edgerton for their 5th annual Sterling North Book & Film Festival?

This year’s featured author is Chris Van Allsburg, author of the classic children’s book The Polar Express. Chris won a Caldecott Award for this book, and another for Jumanji. Both books were made into movies. Chris will arrive in Edgerton on Saturday via steam engine!

The Andersen Library has a copy of The Polar Express in our Oversize Easy Books, located in the Children’s Collection on the main floor at call number E Van. We also have a copy of Jumanji, located in the Oversize Fiction section of the Children’s Collection at call number F Van. Other books by Chris Van Allsburg can be located by searching the Library’s online catalog.

Many other authors will also be present at the festival. Several are from Wisconsin, including UW-Whitewater emeritus profess Dr. Richard Haney! A complete list of authors and their biographies is located on the festival web site. A schedule of events is also available online.

And, as an aside, the Sterling North Book & Film Festival was named for Sterling North, author of the beloved children’s book Rascal. North was born and raised in Edgerton. A copy of Rascal is available in Andersen Library in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section of the Children’s Collection on the main floor, call number 599.744 Nor.

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