HESSTON — Nerdcamp KS will hold its third annual event for educators next month, and while the day is primarily focused on teachers and librarians, organizers are opening the doors to the public for the first time at the end of the day to allow them to meet a host of children's authors.
A community book signing event will take place from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. June 5 in the commons area of Hesston High School, located at 200 N. Ridge Rd. in Hesston.
Nerdcamp KS organizer Rachel Yoder said the event attracts Midwest authors looking to network with those who can get their books into the hands of young readers.
"A growing number of authors are learning about the Nerdcamp community nationwide," Yoder said. "It's an opportunity for them to connect with the people they want to connect with."
After participating in the Nerdcamp KS workshops, the authors will turn their attention to readers.
"They will have spent the entire day mostly with educators; this is the first time we're offering them the opportunity to connect with the public as well," Yoder said.
Giving children a chance to meet writers and have their books signed can be a unique and meaningful experience.
Here is a list of the 17 writers expected to be present the community book signing:
Sarah Aronson is the author of the picture book "The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up," the novels "Head Case," "Beyond Lucky" and "Believe," as well as "The Wish List" series.
F.T. Bradley wrote the middle-grade spy adventure "Double Vision" trilogy.
Dale-Marie Bryan is known for writing "The Many Kinds Of..." educational books, along with several "Rookie Read About Geography" titles. She also penned several "Stars of Today" books, highlighting celebrity role models for children.
Marcie Colleen's books include "Love, Triangle," "Penguinaut!" "The Bear's Garden" and the "Super Happy Party Bears" series.
Jill Esbaum's fictional books for children include "How to Grow a Dinosaur," "Frankenbunny," "If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party" and "Teeny Tiny Toady." She has also written numerous nonfiction educational titles for National Geographic Kids.
Nancy Bo Flood's books highlight the Southwest, with titles such as "The Navajo Year," "Warriors in the Crossfire" and "The Hogan That Great-Grandfather Built."
Kristen Foote wrote "How to Survive as a Shark" and "How to Survive as a Firefly."
Sue Lowell Gallion's first children's book "Pug Meets Pig," was followed by the sequel "Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat."
Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of many early reader books, as well as "Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas" and "If You Were A Kid During The Civil Rights Movement."
Mike Hays, a Kansas author, wrote "The Younger Days." The book is a historical novel aimed at middle grade readers.
Jarrett Lerner's book, "Enginerds," is geared for young readers who are interested in robots and technology.
Brenda Maier wrote "Peeping Beauty" and "The Little Red Fort," a retelling of "The Little Red Hen."
Jody Jensen Shaffer's books include "Prudence the Part-Time Cow," "A Chip Off the Old Block" and "It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus!"
Traci Sorell wrote the nonfiction book "We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga" to highlight Cherokee traditions and celebrations.
Kim Tomsic is the author of "The Elephants Came," "Guitar Hero" and "The 11:11 Wish."
Christine Taylor-Butler, one of the keynote speakers for Nerdcamp KS, has many educational titles for young readers to her name. She also wrote "The Lost Tribes" and "Bathroom Science."
Donalyn Miller, the other keynote speaker for this year's Nerdcamp KS event, will sign her books devoted to cultivating a love for reading in children.
"She's pretty well known in the educational community, especially with elementary teachers," Yoder said. "We are very honored that she is joining us this year."
Though each author's books will be available to purchase from Watermark Books at the signing event, Yoder said readers are encouraged to bring their own copies.
For more information about Nerdcamp KS and the authors who will be present at the community book signing event, visit http://nerdcampks.weebly.com/author-information.html.