With the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) coming up this weekend, it’s the perfect time to start our Summer Reading Recommendations featuring authors who will be at the event.
The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (formerly Kids Read Comics Celebration) is presented by the Ann Arbor District Library and Kids Read Comics.
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Of the guests at A2CAF, Tom Angleberger is easily the one my daughter is most excited to see, and the only one whose books she has read. She loved his Origami Yoda series. If your child likes Star Wars and has enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, I definitely recommend trying out the Origami Yoda books.
More recently, my daughter really enjoyed Tom Angleberger’s Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall featuring Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s hoping for a sequel.
Tom Angleberger and, his wife, fellow author/illustrator Cece Bell will be kicking off the event at 11a on Saturday at the Downtown Branch of AADL. They will also be signing copies of their books on Saturday at 1p at Vault of Midnight and Sunday at 4p at the Downtown Branch of AADL..
Tom Angleberger will also be at Robot Supply & Repair at 2:30p for Playing in the Star Wars Galaxy and the Marvel Sandbox to guide kids in writing and drawing their favorite Star Wars and Marvel characters.
Cede Bell is the author of the Newberry Honor book El Deafo based on her childhood growing up deaf. Her other books include Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover and the Sock Monkey series. She is married to fellow A2CAF guest Tom Angleberger.
Cece Bell will be kicking off the event at 11a on Saturday at the Downtown Branch of AADL with her husband fellow author Tom Angleberger. They will also be signing copies of their books on Saturday at 1p at Vault of Midnight and Sunday at 4p at the Downtown Branch of AADL.
Cede Bell will also be hosing Cut & Paste Comix at 1p on Sunday in 3rd Floor Free Space at the Downtown Library.
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Ruth McNally Barshaw is a Michigan author who writes the Ellie McDoodle Diaries series of books. These books combine text and drawings for a fun middle reader. She has also recently illustrated the picture book Leopold the Lion.
Ruth McNally Barshaw will be helping kids learn to Brainstorm a Story at 12:30p a the Downtown Branch of AADL. She will also participate in Quick Draw with guest James Anderson at Robot Supply & Repair at 2p on Saturday.
Ben Hatke is the author of the Zita the Spacegirl series of graphics novels targeted at ages 8-12. His Little Robot graphic novel is targeted towards ages 6-9.
Ben Hatke will be signing books along with Zack Giallongo at Vault of Midnight at 3p on Saturday.
A number of other authors and illustrators will be at the event. Be sure to check out their profiles on the A2CAF Guest List and the activity schedule. We’re hoping to attend a few activities during Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival. Hopefully we’ll find some new books to read for summer.