Orange County Children’s Book Festival Announces 15th Year and Planetarium Premiere

Newport Beach, CA (April 2018) Celebrating two significant milestones, Executive Director and Co-founder Pat Burns, announces the 15th annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival, Sunday, September 30, 2018 and the premiere sneak preview of the nation’s newest Planetarium.

Hosted on the campus of Orange Coast College (OCC), Costa Mesa, CA, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival (OCCBF) continues to present over 100 popular authors and illustrators to meet and interact with families of Southern California. This year, the new, highly anticipated OCC Planetarium will open its doors, for the first time, Sunday, September 30th at the Festival. Attendance expected to be more than 25,000.

“Combining the 15th annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival with the premiere showing of Orange Coast College’s Planetarium validated the college and festival’s shared passion for inspiring young minds through the power of books and interactive education,” says OCCBF Co-founder Pat Burns.


There are only so many of planetariums in the world and OCC’s new Planetarium is being built with the most impressive, state-of-art features.
The Planetarium will serve three major groups: the first is the K-12 school system, and they’re working really hard 
to integrate their content with the next generation of science standards so that it can fit into schools’ curriculum easily. There’s also the public sector. The Planetarium will be hosting ‘public nights’ where anyone can purchase a ticket to see a show.


Confirmed space station resident Nicole Stott will share her stories of working 90 days at the space station and present some of her artwork created in outer space. Pending confirmation, other astronauts include Scott Kelly, the world record holder for living in space the longest and Dr. John “Danny” Olivas. Danny’s children’s book Endeavour’s Long Journey is written in both Spanish and English.

As part of the educational element of the OCCBF, the expanded STEM Stage will be showcasing several exceptional children’s science projects along with a special OCCBF recognition awarded to the children. Additionally, authors of books on science, math and engineering will be presenting on the STEM Stage. Full list of presenters is available.


Authors from around the world and around the corner come to the OCCBF to inspire children and families to read. The OCCBF is Orange County’s premiere free literacy event and is the largest children’s book festival in North America.

The Festival features six fun, interactive, and educational stages with family-friendly entertainment all day!


On the Illustrator Stage, families learn to draw from former Disney and Nickelodeon illustrators. From the Animal Stage, there are live animal acts, and author presentations from those who write and love animals. For Young Readers to teens, there are author presentations on the Early Reader/Middle Grade/Teen Stage covering a wide range of topics. Little ones find joy at the Storyteller Stage which also features professional puppet and marionette performances. Young singers and dancers draw a crowd to the Entertainment Stage and perform right alongside the professional performers. There is something for everyone!

For more program information, author interviews and photos contact: Pat Burns, Executive Director Cell: 949-836-4722