2024 OC Children's Book Festival

Sep 22, 2024

Orange Coast College 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Signing spots are sold out, but volunteer spots are still available to help run the booth.

A Fun Tradition Since 2004

Held on the campus of Orange Coast College, the Orange County Children's Book Festival ( is set under the bright blue skies of Orange County and is the best children’s book festival in the country!

Meet and get autographs from some of your favorite superstar authors and illustrators. Enjoy professional storytellers, family-friendly entertainment, FREE admission and parking, and so much more.

Join the 7,000 families who attend Orange County’s favorite place for book lovers.

Do you have children's books to sell? 

You can sell and sign your books at our booth! We'll have games and prizes to draw people in. We will be sharing our booth with the SCBWI-SoCal region. The bookselling portion of this event is open to all PAL and self-published SCBWI members. Authors who sign up will receive:

  •  A spot at the table where you can sell & sign your books, and meet fans old and new
  • A listing of your information on the SCBWI-LA website, posts on our social media, email blasts and OC Children’s Book Festival program

Three 2-hour time slots are available with space for three signers during each slot.

Time slots:

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm


$68 per time slot

There will be no refunds for this event.


We need volunteers to help us set up and run the booth. Please see the volunteer times on the registration page. You may sign up for more than one volunteer time spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I store my books at the booth?

You may leave a box of your books at the SCBWI booth prior to your presentation time, and only as space is available on a first-come basis. Any materials left at the end of the business day will become the property of SCBWI (we'll use them for various giveaways, so they won't go to waste). All boxes must be stackable, meaning we can put heavy things on top of your stuff without collapsing your box or the materials inside of it. Artwork, easels, posters, and other odd-sized materials can be stored for the day only if space is available. Please be understanding and have an alternate plan if a volunteer tells you, "I just don't have the room."

How much space would I get?

You will be presenting at an 8-foot table with two other people – so you’ve got about 2 1/2 feet of table space. You’re welcome to bring promotional material such as bookmarks, postcards, fliers, etc. but be respectful of the professional next to you.

  • If you have posters or artwork that requires an easel (yours), please:
  • Make sure it can be set up behind your chair without causing traffic problems.
  • Make sure you can quickly set it up before your signing time without disturbing the other presenters.
  • The volunteers managing the booth may say your poster doesn't fit, so please have a Plan B in mind that doesn't include your display.
  • Please arrive early (allow extra time for parking) and be polite in dealing with the signer in the seat before and after your timeslot. If you still have fans when your time is up, feel free to step out of the booth to engage with them.

What if the site won't let me register?

This event is open to SCBWI members only. Please check that your dues are up to date.

If I’m not published, can I visit the booth?

YES! Everyone is welcome to visit our booth, buy books, and get signatures. We will post the schedule, location, and graphics of the books being sold in September.

What if I have more questions?

Don't click the green "help" button. Please email Jennifer Pitts at:

Is there a waiting list?

If you'd like to be added to a waiting list, email Jennifer Pitts at: