The 35th Anniversary Buckeye Book Fair included an anniversary author series, literacy awards, school visits, presentations, and a book festival. From October 15th through December 10th the state-wide celebration introduced hundreds of authors to thousands of Ohioans. The annual book fair was held at Greystone Event Center on Saturday, November 5th. As a culmination over 100 authors and illustrators enjoyed the “reunion” of the Ohio literacy family while book enthusiasts swirled through the exhibitions of newly released books.
The Anniversary Series
To kick-off the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Buckeye Book Fair we teamed up with Wayne County Public Library and host a series of author presentations.
Merrill Rainey is a cowboy-boot-wearing, picture-book-creator, and paper-toy-maker. His work focuses on exploring creativity and imaginative play. He brought his multi-media presentation of ROAR! I’m a DINOSAUR to four Wooster City Elementary Schools.
Through a generous partnership between Tri-County Educational Service Center, The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Buckeye Book Fair we were able to award 15 literacy awards in 2022.
Excellence in Writing Awards: Audrey Fielden at Orrville Middle School, Bethany Martell at Holmesville Elementary School, Margaret (Maggie) Yurick at John R Lea Middle School, Rylen Falk at Apple Creek Elementary School, Brynley Mairs at Shreve Elementary School, Aniya Indermuhle at Green Middle School, Ella Reith at Wooster Township (Triway) School, Annette Hemming at Triway Middle School, Autumn Hochstetler at Fredericksburg Elementary School, Bethany Beachy at Mount Eaton Elementary School, and Easton Tarleton at Norwayne Elementary School.
Author Presentation Awards: Tricia Springstubb spoke with Middle School Students in Brunswick in partnership with the Medina County District Library Brunswick Branch. Mindy McGinnis spoke at the Cloverleaf Book Fair in Lodi, Ohio.
Book Awards: Cloverleaf Elementary School, Medina County District Library, and Wayne County Public Library received over one hundred books to share with the community.
The Young Authors Conference is a partnership with all schools in Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties through Buckeye Book Fair’s established partnership with Tri-County Educational Service Center, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Ohio Arts Council. With over 400 students participating, the Young Authors Conference teaches students in grades 3-8 about the ins and outs of the writing and storytelling process. Students attend a one-day session where they work intensively with a teaching artist expert in writing, illustration, and publishing.
Be sure to save the date Saturday, November 4th , 2023 for the next Buckeye Book Fair!
It’s always a beautiful Fall day in Northeastern Ohio! Join us this year!
We all deserve a Book Fair!
The 35th Anniversary Authors & Illustrators
Ohio’s Statewide Literary Showcase