Humboldt’s Children’s Author Festival Wins State Award of Merit
CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) has announced that the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival is the recipient of their annual Award of Merit. The Award of Merit recognizes outstanding contributions toward the improvement of teaching English Language Arts by individuals or organizations who are not currently engaged in the teaching profession.
The local Redwood Council of CATE nominated the Festival for the award for its many years of dedication to the youth of Humboldt County. In her nomination letter, CATE member Joan Williams stated that “the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival is special because it is not about individuals; it is about a community and what it can accomplish.” The CATE board of directors voted at their December board meeting to present the Award of Merit to the Festival.
Co-Chairs of the Festival, Becky Giacomini & Linda Lorvig, will accept the award in February at the Annual CATE Convention in Los Angeles. Redwood Council will host a local reception to honor the award recipients later in the spring.
The Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival began in 1975 to bring well-known published authors to Humboldt County and arrange visits to schools to talk with students about their love of reading and the craft of writing, and to reinforce the idea that people create books, and that children and students can also write and illustrate books.Though the original goal was to host a one-time festival, its popularity with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and the general public was such that the festival became a biennial event. The next Festival will be held in October 2021, and the committee has already started planning.
The 2019 three day Festival hosted 25 authors from across the country that visited 60 local schools interacting with over 13,000 students. The Author Book Sale & Signing on Saturday, held at the Eureka Main Library, was an opportunity for the community to meet the authors and have books signed. All three days are coordinated and staffed by over 100 dedicated volunteers with author transportation, meals, and housing all funded by generous community donations. For more about CATE and the Humboldt County Author Festival, visit https://cateweb.org/ and https://www.authorfest.org/.