Young adult, children’s book authors cultivating a love of reading with fans | Feature

Burlington County’s youngest readers have plenty of opportunities in May to meet some of their favorite authors.

Young adult novelists and children’s book authors are making appearances throughout the region, at bookstores and libraries.

Fantasy fiction fans can meet Sarah J. Maas, author of the popular series “A Court of Thorns and Roses” on Friday in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. She will sign copies of her best-selling works for the first 250 customers who purchase the recently-released third title, “A Court of Wings and Ruin.”

Fellow fantasy writer Brandon Mull will make a public appearance May 31 in Princeton to discuss and sign copies of his catalog’s titles, which includes the “Beyonders” trilogy, the “Five Kingdoms” series and “The Candy Shop War.”

A trilogy of young adult authors will make a joint visit to Philadelphia on May 21. Victoria Scott (the “Dante Walker” novels), Brigid Kemmerer (the “Elemental” series) and Zoraida Cordova (“On The Verge” series) will talk with fans and sign copies of their respective books.

Catering to tween readers, author Jake Gerhardt will present his book, “My Future Ex-Girlfriend,” during an appearance on May 13, nearby in Pennsylvania. The comedic story centers on three eighth-grade boys navigating their first romantic relationships.

Meanwhile, at the Willingboro Library, children’s authors Dana Smith (“A Day with Nana Bree Lost at Sea”) and Joanie Boney, who has published numerous multicultural picture books, will make separate appearances to meet fans and sign copies of their respective works. Both will have books available for purchase.

In celebration of writers who are as young as their readers, the Mount Laurel Library will host a special event on May 20. Any author who has published a book in print or online, in grades 1-6, are invited to present the work to the public.

Monday (7-8 p.m.): The Happy Bookers group meets on the first Monday of alternating months. New members are welcome. This month’s selection is “My Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Road; 856-829-9340.

Tuesday (10:30 a.m.): Children’s cookbook author Leena Saini will present some homemade baby food recipes from her work “Around the World in 80 Purees” and meet fans. Barnes & Noble, 3535 Route 1, Princeton; 609-750-9010.

Tuesday (7 p.m.): Author Tony Jackson will read from his book, “A Chat About ‘Trust’,” and show a visual presentation. Jackson is a professional gospel recording artist and co-owner of the Christian apparel and accessories brand, Trust. Delanco Library, 1303 Burlington Ave.; 856-461-6850.

Thursday (7-9 p.m.): The Library Book Group will meet to discuss “The Circle” by David Eggers. All are welcome. Moorestown Library, 111 W. Second St.;…

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