Children's Author and Illustrator Event

Join seven local authors and illustrators as they entertain kids and adults with stories, trivia, and games. Come for one event or all four! Beginning at 11 am on Sunday, October 16, 2022.


Schedule of Events:

11:00 am  Make your own story and have fun illustrating with Brandon Reese and Ashley Belote

11:45 am  Art activity for The Worlds Longest Licorice Rope with Matt and Maya Myers

12:15 pm  Kids trivia with Brett Blumenthal and David Wax

1:15 pm  Stick the butt on the bulldozer game with Author Derick Wilder


Authors and Illustrators

Brandon Reese: Brandon is an author-illustrator whose illustration clients have included Scholastic, Chronicle, Sterling, Buzzfeed, Grammy Award-winning musicians, BOOM! Studios, and Topps. He holds a graphic design degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and lives in Mint Hill, North Carolina with his wife an son. His books include, OOTHAR THE BLUE, CAVE DADA, and CAVE DADA PICKY EATER. You can find more of his work at



Ashley Belote: Ashley Belote is the illustrator of FRANKENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021) and VALENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021). She is the author-illustrator of her solo debut early reader THE ME TREE (Penguin Workshop, 2021) and her solo debut picture book LISTEN UP, LOUELLA (Feiwel & Friends, 2022). She studied traditional animation under the direction of Don Bluth. Ashley is a West Virginia native, and earned her BA from Alderson Broaddus University. She earned her MA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. Her graduate study included a children’s literature and illustration course, The Whole Book Approach, through Simmons College at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Carolinas chapter of SCBWI. Ashley is represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency. To see her work, visit


Matt Myers: Matt Myers has illustrated more than a dozen books, including The Most Terrible of All, A Dog Named Doug, the New York Times bestseller Battle Bunny, and The Infamous Ratsos, a Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see more illustrations and fine art at



Maya Myers: Maya Myers writes books for kids and edits books for kids and adults. Maya is a former kindergarten teacher who loves cooking, gardening, and (surprise!) reading. Originally from Maine, she now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, author-illustrator Matt Myers, three kids, six chickens, and a twenty-three-pound cat.



David Wax: Dave Wax is co-creator and author of I Wish for You. He is a fun-loving dad who lives for fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and all things outdoors. He is a consultant, an entrepreneur, and a creative who enjoys time with his family and dreaming of ways to make our world a better place.

Brett Blumenthal: Brett Blumenthal is co-creator and illustrator of I Wish for You. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she was the international bestselling author of the wellness book series 52 Small Changes. Her art career began after giving birth to her son and daring to paint his nursery art. Passionate about wildlife, animals, and the environment, Brett uses her art to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our beautiful planet. You can purchase her artwork directly at


Derick Wilder: Derick Wilder is the author of The Longest Letsgoboy (Chronicle, 2021)—the 2022 Margaret Wise Brown Prize Honor Book, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner (Southeast Division), and one of Kirkus’ Best Picture Books of the Year for 2021 — as well as Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? (Chronicle, 2022) and the upcoming I Made Those Ants Some Underpants (Chronicle, 2023). He is also the founder of Reading Giraffe, a literacy initiative that strives to use the wonder of picture books to create lifelong readers. Derick lives with his teen in Fort Mill, SC, where they share their home with Koda, a Siberian husky; Sammy, a ball python; Zeus and Apollo, a pair of cuddly rats; and stacks of books. You can find him online at








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Event date: 
Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Cave Dada Picky Eater By Brandon Reese Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452179957
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 27th, 2021

Listen Up, Louella By Ashley Belote Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250812797
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 21st, 2022

The World's Longest Licorice Rope By Matt Myers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593180013
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Published: Random House Studio - July 26th, 2022

Not Little By Maya Myers, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maya Myers, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823446193
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Published: Neal Porter Books - July 6th, 2021

I Wish for You By David Wax, Brett Blumenthal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David Wax, Brett Blumenthal (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250822185
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 5th, 2022

Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? By Derick Wilder, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Derick Wilder, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452182124
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 24th, 2022