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The 16th Annual OC Children’s Book Festival


Orange Coast College hosts the 16th annual Orange County Children's Book Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Attendees will have a chance to meet with well-known authors and artists, including five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kobe Bryant, who will be promoting his new book "Legacy and the Queen," and reality television star Elena Gant, promoting her new book "Rox & Pax." 

The festival brings 90 published authors, 12 studio illustrators and 60 literacy centered exhibitors to the Costa Mesa campus for a day of family fun.

Five stages will be located throughout campus, including a S.T.E.A.M stage highlighting space exploration. Noted astrophysicist David A. Aguilar will be on hand to share his experience working for NASA's New Horizons Mission special media team on the historic Pluto Flyby Mission.

There also will be Storyteller, Illustrator, Early Reader/Middle Grade/Teen Stage, and Animal and Nature stages. Exhibitors setting up shop at the festival include Orange County Public Libraries, PBS SoCal, Lakeshore Learning, and the Orange County Department of Education. There also will be train rides and bounce houses for kids. 

Parking and attendance for the event is free, and multiple food vendors will be on-site, including Kona Shaved Ice, Wendy's Bacon Hot Dogs, and Sophia's Kitchen. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend. For more information visit 

Visit to view a complete list of authors, illustrators, and exhibitors. 

2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa.

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