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Orange Coast College|2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA | Map

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From the Organizer

Founded in 2004, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival (OCCBF) has quickly established itself as one of the premier book festivals in the United States. The festival, which is held at Orange Coast College, is the only all children’s book festival in California and has grown from 5,000 attendees to upwards of 30,000 attendees. The OCCBF provides families exposure to multiple learning modalities - presented in a happy and festive environment. These include, meeting and personally engaging with authors and illustrators - both one-on-one and from stage presentations. Visiting with providers of educational resources for all children. That includes children with special learning needs and other secular and traditional teaching institutions. There are four featured celebrities confirmed and they are helping to bring more media and attention to this epic year for the Festival. More and more people are discovering the Festival and marking their calendars for Sunday, September 30th. Confirmed celebrities coming to the Orange County Children’s Book Festival Danica McKellar – star from Wonder Years, West Wing and Dancing with the Stars. Danica is passionate about numbers and inspiring children to love math. She is the author of several bestselling math books and her newest book Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction will be released in June. Sheetal Sheth – Bollywood author-actress. Debuting her new children's book, Always Anjali. Nicole Stott - Confirmed Artistic Astronaut. While living on the Space Station Nicole is the only astronaut to have painted in space. She will be featured in the Planetarium. Shawn Wayans - Actor, Comedian. Back for a second year, the very popular and funny Shawn Wayans and his Boo Crew Sneak Preview Orange Coast College’s NEW, state-of-the-art Planetarium is allowing a sneak peek on the day of the Festival. This is huge! With all the added media, about the Planetarium, we are anticipating record crowds of families. So much so, we’re adjusting the layout of the festival towards the new Planetarium.