WOS [Kid Fest]: A Celebration of Beats & Books

Enjoy a day of family fun at WOS [Kid Fest]! Come get groovy with us Saturday morning with Eric Litwin, the original author of Pete the Cat. Eric is well known for his unique blend of stories and music for the whole family.

The Story Fort tent will be jamming all weekend long with music, readings, and our popular Maker Table, stocked with arts and crafts for kids and parents. Check out our artists for kids below and click here to see the entire lineup for 2019.

Safari Man

Rodger Tripp, the SafariMan, has a BS Degree in Child Development from Florida State. He is a Music Enrichment Teacher, an Educational Entertainer. Rodger was commissioned by The Florida Department of Health to develop a children's music CD called “Give me 5 a day!” The CD has 4 original fruit and vegetable songs written, sung and all instruments played by Rodger Tripp, the Singing SafariMan. The CD was developed to encourage children to be more physically active, dance, play and move, and to encourage eating fruits and vegetables. Over 277,000 copies have been distributed to children in Florida. He also has created several CD’s for young children. Two of his songs are children and preschool favorites on the Whole Child Leon CD “Catching Smiles,” which is a wonderfully uplifting CD that goes home with newborns from Tallahassee Hospitals.

Eric Litwin

Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric's books have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award. He’ll be appearing twice this year at Word of South: once on the Lyric Stage, and later in the Story Fort.

Kim Frances Lee

Kim Frances Lee is a native Floridian and author of Animal March, Lost In the Okefenokee Swamp, and Beach Treasure, A Rhyming, Riddling Scavenger Hunt. She resides near the Capitol of Florida where farfetched stories occur regularly. Kim has been writing about Florida and the ecosystems connected with the state since her college days at Florida State University. Growing up in central Florida, she spent many hours in the Ocala National Forest and along the Gulf Coast near Crystal River. Her characters and stories are taken from these environments and point out the beauty and the problems that tend to go hand-in-hand in a state with so many ecosystems and people. She writes her stories at her home away from home on the Forgotten Coast with the waves of the Gulf of Mexico as background music and the inspiration that keeps her focused.

Mary Frances Rudnik

Mary Frances Rudnick is best known for her whimsical watercolors that feature the coastal communities and wildlife that she loves so much. As a young girl growing up in Tallahassee, Mary’s mother encouraged her to follow her passion and look closely at her surroundings. Mary’s passion led her to an art major at Florida State University. She spends much of her spare time at the coast working on her art and is often participating at shows around the North Florida area.

Kim and Mary have been friends for over twenty years and have just completed their first book together: Beach Treasure, A Rhyming Riddling Scavenger Hunt. Beach Treasure will be released on April 1, 2019. The book encourages families and friends to work and play together while learning about marine life found along shores all over the world.

Carol Hair Moore

Carol’s warm and loving story of her animal friends’ relationships reflects her life-long love of animals and her years of living on a farm and spending her days at St. Teresa Beach. She raised her family in the North Florida country with the animal friends, and others, presented in her stories. Each of the five books in her series, I Wish You Ice Cream and Cake, is designed to educate and instill in her readers a desire to be kind and compassionate. Marvin the Magnificent Nubian Goat, Busy Bumble Bee Rides the Waves, Ruby Kate’s Scrumptious Tea Cake Party, Papa Mole’s Secrets of Happiness, and her newest book, Friends Who Sparkle Like the Stars, are all beautifully illustrated by Michael Harrell.

With a B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University, Carol taught second grade and now spends her time coordinating school visits, book festivals and caring for her loving family. Carol lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband, Edgar Murray Moore, Sr. They have three married children, six grandsons and one granddaughter.

Of her passion for writing children’s books, Carol says, “If I have encouraged children in some small way to be loving, honest, kind, and to treat others with compassion, then I have done what God has guided me to do.”

Michael Harrell

Michael Harrell received his BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia and immediately became a freelance illustrator for Mastercard, American Express and Paramount Pictures. At the same time, he began exhibiting with the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of American Illustration, the North American Marine Arts Society and others. His work is now exhibited in galleries from Connecticut to South Carolina to Florida.

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