Children’s Book Day Event

Join us on April 2 as we celebrate National Children’s Picture Book Day and International Children’s Book Day with a FUN!draising event featuring local authors, cookies, activities, and lots of fun!

  • Story Times at 10:30-11 am and 1:00-1:30 pm!
  • Meet local authors of children’s and young adult books. Books will be available for purchase.
  • Children’s Book Day raffle baskets and cookies!
  • Fun activities include
    • a drawing lesson from a children’s book illustrator (virtual presentation in the community room)
    • make a button
    • color a bookmark
    • plant a mini garden
    • and more!
  • No registration is necessary.

Held inside in the basement community room of the Manheim Borough Building and, weather permitting, outside in the mini-park next to the Library building.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Longenecker’s Hardware
  • Stauffers of Kissel Hill
  • Twisted Sisters Ice Cream and Handmade Chocolates
  • Colebrook Bakery



Hillary Daecher

Hillary Daecher grew up in Manheim and has been writing short stories since she was a child. Her authorial-debut children’s picture book, SOAR, was released in 2020 by Schiffer Kids. Her second book, The Nightmare Bug will be released in August of 2022. Hillary is a graduate of the University of Delaware and resides in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. Visit her website at

BOOKS: SOAR, The Nightmare Bug (coming August 2022)


LE Delano

Award-winning author L.E. DeLano comes lives in Amish country Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. Her latest novel, BLUE, was a 2021 SCBWI Spark Award winner, and a 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite in Young Adult Fiction. Her debut YA novel, TRAVELER was selected as a 2018 Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist by the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA).



Sarah Holden is an illustrator and also a Licensed School Nurse for Minneapolis Public Schools. She studied art at Wake Forest University. Sarah received the Minnesota Arts Board Grant including funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for children’s book illustration, and was the recipient of the SCBWI Minnesota Illustration Mentor Award for 2019-2020.

BOOKS: What if Night? and I Wish for You, Little One


Jeanne Moran

Jeanne Moran: Challenge and change energize me. In my career as a pediatric physical therapist, I helped hundreds of children gain strength and motor skills. That left me time (ha!) to teach Sunday School, direct an after-school program, organize an international student-athlete exchange, and help plan and implement construction of a new community playground. Along the way, I tried my hand at tang soo do and sudoku, tap dancing and German history, whole foods cooking and the joy of selling on eBay. Anything to avoid cleaning! I write for young and young-minded readers surrounded by books, vinyl records, and countless dust bunnies.

BOOKS: Mikey and the Swamp Monster (ages 4-7), Risking Exposure (ages 10-14), The Path Divided (ages 12-18)

Andre Renna

Andre Renna is a retired healthcare executive who spent a portion of his time consulting , teaching and volunteering. His greatest joy comes from spending time with his grandchildren. His granddaughter Aria inspired the series The Adventures of Aria and Ducky. Known as “papa” to his grandchildren, Andre has developed a passion for capturing the innocence and creativity of his grandchildren in his stories. The stories are inspired by his grandchildren and reflect storytelling times between papa and grandchild. The books are truly a labor of love and an opportunity to memorialize times together. Andre is also the owner of Papa Publishing, which publishes illustrated children’s books.

BOOKS: The Adventures of Aria and Ducky: The Surprise Birthday Party

The Proud ButtonDanette Richards: A book can change a child’s life.  I have been an educator all my professional life and am very aware of the struggles children have and how important on outlet for those emotions can be for them.  That is why I wrote this book. This story highlights an adult’s gift of a special treasure as a catalyst for a child thinking differently about making friends and feeling proud.  I visited Briare, France several years ago and had the opportunity to see a very old abandoned button factory.  We dug for buttons in a field that was used as a dump for those buttons that were not good enough to sell.  I never saw those buttons as useless, rather as fodder for a child’s imagination and courage.
I believe my story can be an inspiration. It is truly from my heart.

BOOKS: The Proud Button

Kim Kluxen Meredith loves story telling. Her summers in Ocean City, NJ with her children and 5 grandchildren inspire her. Now a retired teacher living in East Hempfield Township., Kim focuses all of her energy on writing and inspirational speaking. Her first award winning book, Listen for the Whispers: Coping with Grief and Learning to Live Again was published in 2010.  Now, Kim is focused on children’s books. Her first picture book, Henri’s Home was released in 2020. An accompanying project, Henri’s Coloring Book, followed in 2021. And a sequel, Henri to the Rescue came out in the fall of 2021. All three books were illustrated by local artist Lisa Madenspacher.  All of Kim’s children’s book are available locally and at various New Jersey and Delaware beach resort book stores as detailed on her website. Kim’s books are also available for on-line purchases from Kim’s website Visit her site for book descriptions and sample pages.

BOOKS: Listen for the Whispers: Coping with Grief and Learning to Live Again, Henri’s Home, Henri’s Coloring Book, Henri to the Rescue

Nadine PoperNadine Poper is the librarian at the Amanda Stout Elementary School in Reading, PA. She is the author of several children’s books, including Randall and Randall, a story about embracing each other’s peculiarities which is a Kirkus Blue Star recipient and Porcupette and Moppet, a clever lesson about situational awareness. She is a member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, where she acts as a committee member for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards. She lives in Berks County, PA with her husband. She is a mom of three amazing young men and 2 dachshunds. Visit Nadine online at, on Facebook @ Nadinebooks and on Twitter at @NadinePoper.

BOOKS: RANDALL AND RANDALL 2019 by Blue Whale Press, PORCUPETTE AND MOPPET 2019 by Blue Whale Press, Dachshunds in Moccasins, Wienies in Bikinis, Frank Stinks!

AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Want to be part of the fun? This is a great opportunity to meet young readers and sell your books. Tables are available for a $20 donation. Complete the form below to reserve your spot!