King Author’s Court

Located in Beyond our Gates in Library Lane

A literacy & book fair wouldn’t be complete without published children’s authors and illustrators! King Author’s Court awaits imaginative and curious kids who love listening to stories. We have a distinguished slate of published authors and illustrators who will read, draw, and provide lots of fun with kids of all ages!

2017 Family Day at the Park Featured Authors


Get ready to clap, chant and enjoy rhythmic stories! Matthew Gollub is a multitalented children’s author and looks forward to returning to “Family Day at the Park.” He has created 15 picture books, which have received 25 national awards and distinctions.

Dennis Hysom is an award-winning musician and performer. He is co-creator of the award-winning “Wooleycat’s Musical Theater” (Tortuga Press), children’s book and song CD, and of apps for children (PicPocket Books). He was a children’s recording artist with Discovery Music/BMG KIDZ and has performed throughout the United States, including an Easter concert at The White House. He composed and produced eight nature and instrumental albums for The Nature Company/Discovery Communications for which he recorded nature sounds on location in North and Central America. Please visit or for more information about his music!

Named among the most popular African American female writers of our time, featured in a book entitled “Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature”–a list of women who’ve left a mark on the wider world through their writing, Terry a. O’Neal is the author of four volumes of poetry, including The Poet Speaks in Black and The Sparrow’s Plight: Woes of a 21st Century Black Poet; two children’s books, and the award-winning fiction novel Sweet Lavender. Her works are world renowned, O’Neal has been featured on PBS, CNN, FOX television, and a host of television, radio, and print media programs.

Catherine Lagorio began her career as an elementary school teacher and earned her Master’s Degree in Language Development from Azusa Pacific University. As a teacher, she often used picture books in her curriculum to emphasize and enhance the teaching of many subjects, even with older students. When she moved to the countryside and realized how many animals are abandoned there, she decided to fulfill a life-long dream and write her own children’s book to inform kids and
to teach the idea of responsibility in regard to pet ownership. Since then, she and her husband have become advocates of animal rescue and help out with several organizations. Dropped-Off Dog (A Mostly-True “Tail”) is her first book. She lives in rural Stockton with her husband and their two dogs Rudy and Sunshine. The dogs who inspired this book passed away in 2016 but the new pups are rescues too and carry on the legacy of Astro and Steve.