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Meet the Author Series at Pequot Library

Things are getting up close and literary in Southport!


Young literary fans (and their parents) may want to break out their best autograph pens and get a stack of their favorite bedtime books ready.

For Southport’s Pequot Library is dedicating the year to bringing some literary rocks stars of the kids set to town for a series of reading events and conversations catered to young audiences that kicks off next month with the April 29 appearance of superstar author/illustrator Bob Shea.

Shea’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, is the first in the Pequot’s year-long Meet the Author Jr. series which the historic library recently launched to foster intimate and inspiring interactions between important figures in children’s literature and their appreciative young audiences.

Shea is best-known for his Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Big Plans series and his characters and animations which have been featured on PBS Kids, Nick Jr., Noggin, Playhouse Disney and Comedy Central. His most recent book, Unicorn, received the 2013 Best Picture Book honors from Parents Magazine.

Shea’s event here will include a 45 minute reading, question and answer session, and book signing. His many bestselling books will also be available for purchase.

The appearance of the wacky, fun-loving Shea –who often draws characters during his presentations--is just the beginning of a year of literary exploration for young readers.

In November Jane O’Connor, author of the beloved Fancy Nancy series, has agreed to appear as a Meet the Author Jr. guest. And several more similarly popular kids’ literature luminaries are in the process of finalizing plans to participating in the series as well, according to Meet the Author Jr. organizers.

Bob Shea speaks at the Pequot Library April 29 at 4 p.m. For more information about the series and updates on the authors’ schedules visit PequotLibrary.org.

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