Authors and illustrators meet with students at 50th Annual Author-Go-Round

January 13, 2020

For the 50th consecutive year, upper elementary and junior high school students from schools throughout Santa Barbara County will have the chance to meet and talk with authors and illustrators of books for youth at the annual Author-Go-Round sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Each day between January 27-31, approximately 130 students will gather in small groups to listen to presentations, discuss their books, and ask questions. Students will continue to rotate in these groups until they have had a chance to engage with each of the authors. 

“This event is centered around support for the love of reading, appreciation for creative thinking, writing and illustrating, and allows students and authors to interact in ways that are unique and inspiring,” said County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido. “This is our 50th year of hosting this event, and we look forward to next 50 and more.”

This year’s participating authors and illustrators include Bruce Hale, Alexis O’Neill, Wendelin Van Draanen, and Lee Wardlaw. Participating districts include Ballard, Blochman, Buellton, Carpinteria, College, Cuyama, Goleta, Guadalupe, Hope, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Montecito, Orcutt, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria-Bonita, Solvang, and Vista del Mar. 

For more information, please contact Rose Koller, at 805-964-4710, ext. 5222.