WNY Children’s Book Expo

NOVEMBER 10, 2018 10 am – 3 pm Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

KidsLit Week NYS-approved CTLE Workshop 38 authors/illustrators & thousands of children

About the WNY Children’s Book Expo

Buffalo’s premier literary event for children is composed of two parts: KidsLit Week, and EXPO Saturday and is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

During KidsLit Week, internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and other cultural venues. The visits, scheduled Monday, 11/5/18 – Friday, 11/9/18, aim at inspiring a love of books in students grades pre-K through middle school.

EXPO Saturday is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, authors interact directly with children through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations. Educators too have a niche at EXPO Saturday. A NYS-approved 4-hour CTLE Workshop is held annually before the Expo opens to the public.  Here, registered educators have the opportunity to interact with a panel of authors/illustrators featured at this year’s Expo as well as current trends in education. We hosted 127 educators from across Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. The workshop received excellent reviews from both the educators and the panel participants.

Contact Info

Monkey See, Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore

9060 Main St, Clarence

Read to Succeed Buffalo

92 Pearl Street, Buffalo

+1 (716) 204.8417

5 – 10 November 2018

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

153 Franklin Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

Our Authors & Illustrators

We are thrilled to welcome the following authors and illustrators to the 2018 EXPO!  Please check back often as the author listing will be updated as changes are known.

Jim Averbeck


Author of:

  • One Word from Sophia (2015)
  • The Market Bowl  (2013)
  • Oh, No, Little Dragon  (2012)
  • except if  (2011)
  • In a Blue Room  (2008)

Kathryn Otoshi

Author & Illustrator
Kathryn is an award-winning author/illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character traits and to help readers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Loren Long

Illustrator & Author
Author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Applesby Madonna.  Loren's Little Tree, is a picture book for all ages.  He has most recently illustrated Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown and Love by Newbery Medalist, Matt de la Peña.

Joseph Bruchac

For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.

Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of novels for young readers.  His latest books are Refugee and Ban This Book. Author of:
  • Samurai Shortstop
  • Something Rotten
  • Something Wicked
  • The Brooklyn Nine
  • Prisoner B-3087
  • Code of Honor
  • Projekt 1065
  • League of Seven trilogy

Julie Berry


KidsLit Week 2018

5 – 9 Nov 2018

KidsLit Week is where we bring the authors and illustrators to the schools in the Western New York region!   Schools can contact Kim or Kathleen at Monkey See, Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore for more information on booking an author or illustrator for your school.



Come to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center with the kids in your life for an exciting day of authors, illustrators, presentations, reading corners, crafts, characters and fun!  FREE ADMISSION.  Books for sale.  


8:00 – 11:00

10:00 – 3:00



Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the partnerships we’ve made to make this day a reality for the children of Western New York.