History Book Festival | The Children's Literature Panel

This year's History Book Festival offers a new event: The Children’s Literature Panel featuring three authors who have written picture books about women from history whose accomplishments aren’t as widely known as others.

Moderated by Dr. Ilona Holland, retired Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty member, the panel will discuss their historical subjects as well as their work as children’s authors and illustrators. Following the discussion, the authors will answer questions from the audience and will sign books. Books will be available at the event through Browseabout Books, the Festival’s official bookseller.


Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins
Michelle Meadows: Picture Book Author
(Henry Holt, 2019)
Even with the widespread racial segregation in the 1930s and ‘40s, Janet Collins pursued her dreams with a passion, committing to private dance lessons after being excluded from discriminatory dance schools. This lyrical picture book biography shares her struggle and celebrates her success in becoming the first black prima ballerina with the Metropolitan Opera House.

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge
Rachel Dougherty
(Roaring Brook Press, 2019)
Most credit the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge to a man when the credit actually belongs to a woman: Emily Roebling, who stepped in when her husband, Washington Roebling, the chief engineer, fell ill. This non-fiction picture book explores the transformation of a young girl who loved math and science to a woman, who through hard work and determination, successfully brought the Bridge to completion in 1883.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Patricia Valdez
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018
Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual tea party guests: slithery and scaly ones. This book brings to life Joan Procter’s inspiring story of passion and determination in her journey to become the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum and eventually designing the Reptile House at the London Zoo.

A full, downloadable PDF schedule of the Saturday events can be found at http://bit.ly/HBFschedule2019

Event date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event address: 
133 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971