Chappaqua Childrens Book Festival

Saturday, October 5th ~ 10am to 4pm ~ Robert E. Bell Middle School

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF), the largest children’s book festival in the metropolitan tri-state region, will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 4pm at Robert E. Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, New York. 145 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators will be participating in the festival’s seventh annual event. Admission and parking are free and the event will be held rain or shine. And, this year we are privileged to have Jarrett Krosoczka kick off the 2019 festivities, as our keynote speaker, at 10 am. 

In its seventh year, the Festival, promoting community and literacy will have authors covering multiple genres and reading levels, author readings, illustrator Demos, Book Signings, books for sale, a Gourmet Food Court with “Food For Thought” food trucks from around the region offering great eats. The Festival this year, has expanded its girth to include the Bell soccer field, with the increase in attending authors. 

This year CCBF will feature more than 55 new authors and illustrators in addition to last year’s 90 incredible authors, including Seymour Simon (a regular speaker in the Chappaqua School District), Ruth Chan, Padma Venkatraman Jerry Craft, Kate Messner, Dan Gutman, Cece Bell and Lauren Tarshis and many CCBF regulars, including Victoria Kann, Alyssa Capucilli, Bernard Most, Gail Carson Levine, Barbara Dee and Peter Lerangis, among many others.
Fun activities for the day will include the Bubble Bus, art projects highlighting books at the Festival, mural painting, juggling and walking the tightrope, hair braiding and learning a musical instrument. This year, KidLit TV will be filming and broadcasting live from the Book Festival. KidLit TV is the first free multimedia website connecting parents and educators with authors, illustrators and their books. It is available to over 600,000 schools worldwide via its website and video distribution partners. For more information, visit or follow the CCBF on Facebook.

Chappaqua Childrens Book Festival

EPIC - Chappaqua Children’s Book Fair!
EPIC (Every Person is Connected) is a town committee with the mission to increase awareness and build community connections for people with disabilities and their families. Here’s the link to our page on the town’s site.

We are pleased to let you know that we will have a presence at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Fair! We will have volunteers, called EPIC Ambassadors, many of them people with disabilities themselves, participating in this wonderful community event. In particular, some of the costumed characters will be members of our community, as well as a “reading” buddy in the Gazebo at 1pm. Be sure to visit!

New Castle’s Merchant StoryBook Window Stroll
Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Invites Westchester County Residents to New Castle’s Merchant Storybook Window Stroll. Sponsored by Financial Asset Management, merchant windows will be adorned with illustrations from favorite children’s book, A Kite For Moon, written by authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple will both be appearing in the seventh annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Chosen by our local library, the book will remain in store windows until the October 5 book festival. Local volunteers ranging from store owners, Girl Scouts, Greeley students and Chappaqua’s Art Closet clients, will all work together to bring the characters in this nationally acclaimed favorite alive for all to enjoy.

The stroll starts at the library then crosses the street to the gazebo field fence where five to seven panels will hang. It will then cross the street at the Pizza Station intersection and proceed from Bank of America down to Villarinas. Families can walk and read an entire book with their kids. This is a great opportunity to stop in at Italian favorite Pizza Station and organic favorite Local for yummy organic ice cream as dessert. In the mood for something different? Visit our new Taco restaurant for delicious offerings. Stop in to say hi to our merchants and shop locally, while you stroll.