Support our Eastern PA PAL members and an awesome indie book store on Sunday, September 12 from 2-4 p.m. Stroll through beautiful Lititz Springs Park, make a day of it and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many cafes and restaurants within walking distance, and visit the eclectic variety of shops in Lititz, voted the COOLEST small town in the US!
We’ll have prizes, swag, and signings, so drop by and pick up some signed books for the kids and teens you love! There will be a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for all ages, so consider purchasing a book to donate to your local public or school library, a teacher friend’s classroom library, or just treat yourself to a great read!
Learn more about each of our participating authors/illustrators:
Sandy Asher is an author, poet, and playwright. She has written over 25 books for young readers, including the award-winning Too Many Frogs! She lives in Lancaster County with her husband.
Lindsay K. Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. Her debut novel for teens, Nemesis and the Swan, published in 2020. She lives in Lancaster County with her husband, two daughters, and two cats and currently serves as the PAL Coordinator of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also works at Manheim Community Library.
L.E. DeLano was raised in New Mexico and now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watching Disney+ and planning road trips. Her debut novel, Traveller, was selected as a Keystone to Reading Secondary Book Award finalist by the Keystone State Reading Association.
Robert H. Mayer is the award-winning author of When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement and editor of The Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a teacher, Mayer’s passion has been and continues to be making history relevant and accessible to young people. His time spent in Jackson, Canton, and McComb, Mississippi, as well as meeting scholars and activists integral to the civil rights movement, fueled Mayer’s desire to write In the Name of Emmett Till—which will be released early only for attendees of this event. He resides in Bethlehem with his wife, Jan, where he continues to write, teach, and tutor middle school students.
Patrick O’Donnell is a writer and children’s book author who lives in Boyertown with his sons. He is the author of picture books including Do Penguins Have Pediatricians? and Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists?
Lisa Papp grew up telling stories. With a notebook full of sketches, her early tales featured her cat, stuffed animals, and other nature-y things. Today, Lisa is still making up stories and painting pictures, only now, they fill the pages of children’s books. Lisa is the author and illustrator of the popular Madeline Finn picture books. She is the recipient of the PA Keystone to Reading Award. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Robert, also an artist, and three wildly creative cats—to whom she does read.
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is a multi-published, award-winning author of young adult novels, including Small Town Monsters, the Anastasia Phoenix series, and the Amor and Summer Secrets series. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two kids.
Annette Whipple writes informational books to inspire curiosity and wonder in children. She’s the author of several published books about topics like soil, insects, flowers, and continents. Her most recent titles include The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion, Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls, and The Story of the Wright Brothers. She’s also written articles and activities for magazines including Highlights for Children. Today, Annette provides interactive programs and workshops to engage participants in topics like writing, science, and history. Annette lives in Oxford, PA with her husband and three children.
Adrienne Wright grew up in Benoni, South Africa near a bird sanctuary, which was home to ostriches, amongst other species. After concentrating in graphic design and illustration at art college, she worked in ad agencies in Johannesburg before finding herself in Washington D.C. She now lives in Gulph Mills, PA. Her debut picture book is Hector: A Boy, A Protest, and the Photograph That Changed Apartheid. It was inspired by a photograph from award-winning South African photographer Sam Nzima and earned many accolades including two starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist; Kirkus List, Best of 2019 (middle grade biographies); and a Children’s Africana Book Award.
Aaron’s Books (35 E. Main Street Lititz PA 17543), established in 2005, is Lancaster County’s independent bookstore, offering books and events for all ages and interests in the heart of downtown Lititz.