Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dan Santat and the Children's Book Festival

Every year Provo City Library puts on a wonderful Children's Book Festival.  They bring in a well known author or illustrator to give a talk on Friday evening. Then Saturday morning they have games and activities for the kids to do, as well as book signings with the author or illustrator. This year they brought in Caldecott medal winning author and illustrator Dan Santat. I had tickets to attend the Friday evening talk, but sadly ended up being unable to attend to do some family duties. But I did take my kids to the events this morning.  The kids got there picture taken with Beekle and had a lot of fun .

I got to buy a copy of Chicken Dance, a delightful book written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Santat and have it signed by Dan. This guy really cares about his fans and what he does.  He had a black sharpie in his hands for signing, but my daughter asked him to sign the book with a gold sharpie she was holding. He kindly obliged and then spent a minute or two looking at the signature from several angles trying to decide if it was visible enough. He apparently decided it wasn't, so he carefully signed it again in black. Then, as he did with every person in line, he added a sketch by the signature.  What a classy guy. I was very impressed. Thanks Dan, love your work!

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