Northwest Tennessee Children's Book Festival

The C. E. Weldon Public Library in Martin, TN will host the 1st Annual Northwest Tennessee Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Festival Park in downtown Martin, TN from 11 am to 1 pm.  Anita Lobel, renowned illustrator and author of more than 50 children’s books, will open the day’s activities with a story session for children. Children may then participate in games, attend story sessions, do crafts, paint murals, and other fun activities. Food trucks will be available for families to purchase lunch and snacks. Copies of Ms. Lobel’s books will be for sale and she will be available for a short time to sign autographs. Various other children’s book and young adult authors will also be in attendance with their books for sale as well as to sign autographs.

The primary goal of the NW TN Children’s Book Festival is to encourage and develop literacy in children and young adults by connecting them with authors in a fun setting, thereby advancing education in the community.  Admission and activities are free of charge and open to all ages.




Festival Park

100 Main Street

Martin, TN 38237


April 22, 2017

11am - 1pm


Food Trucks:

The following food trucks will be available for those wanting to purchase food at the event:

Sweet Retreat

Rolling Smoke BBQ

El Taco Moloco

Anita Lobel

Anita Lobel is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator. Her books have appeared on The New York Times Best Illustrated List. She has received a Caldecott Honor Medal for her illustrations in “On Market Street,” and her childhood memoir, “No Pretty Pictures,” was a finalist for a National Book Award.

Lobel was born into a Jewish family in Krakow, Poland in 1934.  She and her brother avoided capture by the Nazis until 1944. They were rescued in 1945 by the Swedish Red Cross after spending time in a series of concentration camps.  Two years later they were reunited with their parents in Stockholm.

Five years after their reunion, the family moved to New York. It was there she attended Pratt Institute, married and had a family, and started her career.  She continues to live happily in her favorite city in the world.


Other Authors Include:

Shellie Braeuner

Shellie Braeuner earned a Master’s of Education from Vanderbilt University in counseling.  So, of course, she became a nanny!  Shellie has been caring for children for more than 25 years.  After telling children stories for years, friends and family encouraged her to look into publishing.  After three years of hard work, Shellie won the Cheerios New Author Contest in 2008. Simon and Schuster purchased the book, The Great Dog Wash for publication.  The book was named a Best Book of 2010 by Bank Street.

Shellie now works as a freelance and ghost writer for a wide range of outlets. Her clients include everyone from business leaders and educators to professional athletes and reality TV stars.


Christine Bailey

I have a MFA in Fiction and a Ph.D. in Writing Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I am an English professor at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee and write both academic works as well as creative projects. I’m also an active blogger. Before teaching, I worked as a journalist, a marketing/PR writer, and an editor for nearly a decade. My first two novels, Girl in the Middle (2013) and Waking Under Water (2015) are published with a small press. I am also a contributing author on a forthcoming academic book, Changing Creative Writing in America (Palgrave- Macmillan, 2017). I’m currently putting the final touches on my fifth YA novel.


Lynn McCain

My name is . I have a slight addiction to coffee, Pinterest, and Jesus, not in that order. I'm a wanderer at heart and have a series of former addresses to prove it. My love for writing began during childhood and has manifested itself throughout the years upon a many of napkins and discarded pieces of paper. It is only recently that I have sat down long enough to complete an entire novel, and now that I'm on this train, I'm never getting off. Writing is the perfect career for those of us with a gypsy soul. We get to travel without even leaving our beds and live vicariously through our characters. The best part about the whole thing is that I'm doing exactly what I love!


Geraldine Ann Marshall

Geraldine Ann Marshall (also published under Geraldine Marshall Gutfreund) writes and tells stories for all ages. She has had over 100 stories, articles, and poems published in magazines and anthologies.  Her published books include Spider’s Gift: A Christmas Story, Animals Have Cousins Too, Vanishing Animal Neighbors, Yearbooks in Science, The Changeling Summer (YA novel), and The Homeplace History and Receipt Book: History, Folklore, and Recipes from Life on an Upper Southern Farm a Decade before The Civil War, and Nuri’s Treasure.  She is currently completing a novel, Learning the Language of Birds: a Charm of Stories Netted in a Novel.

The mother of two grown daughters, Geraldine lives in a house in the woods near Paducah, Kentucky.  She shares home with assorted wildlife, including white-tailed deer, red-tailed hawks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and barred owls.

Geraldine has a degree in zoology from the University of Kentucky.  She taught writing for 20 years and is a program specialist at a Native American archeological site.

Merry Brown

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Merry Brown now lives in the northwest corner of Tennessee with her husband, three boys, and cat. She teaches philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Martin, where she counts it a great privilege and joy to introduce students to perennial questions about the nature of the universe, meaning, morality, and the human condition. Merry Brown’s love of philosophy and young adult paranormal fiction inspired her to write her first novel, The Knowers, book #1 in The Exiled Trilogy, published in 2012.  She has since published five additional books, completing the Exile Trilogy and three books in The Four Families series.

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Pam Harris

Martin resident Pam Watts Harris is a full-time educator and part-time writer and editor. She uses historical and contemporary settings for her writings, incorporating true events with make believe. A former newspaper reporter, she writes fiction with a Christian worldview for females of all ages. There are no salvation or doctrinal themes in her books.

Her two published books for girls ages eight to twelve are The Ghosts of Graceland and Music City Mayhem, the first two of the Mandi series set in Tennessee. The third in the series will come out in late 2017 or early 2018. Her first adult book, a historical set in the Arizona territory, will be published this summer, and her second will be a novella romance available in October. She also offers ghost-writing and editing services. 

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Charles Brubaker

Originally from Japan and raised in a Japanese-American family, Charles Brubaker rose to prominence in the cartoon circle,  assisting historians on animation books while he was still a teenager. In college, he started drawing comics for the student-run paper, as well as the local city paper. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a BFA in Graphic Design. Brubaker contributes to MAD Magazine and SpongeBob Comics, draws comics Ask a Cat and The Fuzzy Princess, and writes about animation history. He currently lives in Martin, Tennessee.



Natalie Wade

Natalie Wade was born and raised in rural West Tennessee in the Hollow Rock/Bruceton area. She now resides with her husband, Terry, in Paris, TN. Mrs. Wade has a master's degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Her bachelor's degree is from Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. Natalie and Terry have 3 children and 3 beautiful granddaughters. Besides writing children's books, Natalie also runs a very small private preschool in her home. She is also a former homeschooling mom.


Special Readers Include: