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Orange County Children’s Books Festival Selects FrontGate Media
for Exclusive Faith-based Market Representation of Sponsorships

The largest children’s book festival in California, the OCCBF features
award-winning talent and the best in family entertainment, free of charge

Orange County, CA – FrontGate Media; the leading culture-engaged, family-friendly, faith-based media & marketing group, announced today the addition of The Orange County Children’s Book Festival to their growing roster of leading media outlets. 

Now in its twelfth year, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival (OCCBF) has become one of the premier book festivals in the United States.  The annual festival held at Orange Coast College is the largest children’s book festival in California and has grown from 5,000 attendees in 2004 to upwards of 34,000 attendees in 2014. This year is poised to have the largest attendance to date. The festival is open to the public, free of charge with free parking.

A non-profit public benefit corporation, OCCBF exists thanks to a dedicated, all-volunteer organizing team.  With established, longstanding partnerships in education and media, including the Orange County Department of Education, the Orange County Public Libraries, Orange County Register, OC Family Magazine, KIIS radio and PBS SoCal, the festival increases to grow as a trustworthy place to interact with and discover new family-friendly entertainment.  For the second year, OCCBF is honored to partner with Air1 Radio, a listener-supported Christian radio network heard by over 5 million people each week on over 210 radio stations in 43 states. Air1 Radio can be heard locally on 92.7 FM throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties and online at

In 2014, over 100 authors, 18 storytellers and 20 illustrators participated in the 1 day event, along with experiences and presentations on 6 stages, including an Animal Stage, Storytellers Stage, Illustrator Stage, Young Adult Stage, Cooking and Health Stage, along with the acclaimed Main Stage Entertainment. The official schedule can bewill be available at
Co-founder and Executive Director Pat Burns says, “Bringing FrontGate Media into our team not only raised the level of excitement of the Festival’s organizing committee, it also is widening the Festival’s exposure to more Christian based companies and families. This is a huge win for everyone!”   
Promotional opportunities available at the OCCBF can be found on the Media Kits channel at  
“My vision has always been to provide Christian publishers and our other clients with the highest engagement value possible while connecting Christian families with the best authors, books and other products to affirm and encourage their lifestyle of Faith,” states Scott A. Shuford, Chief Engagement Officer, “Our partnership with the Orange County Children’s Book Festival sits perfectly at the intersection of that goal, and enables us to create a deeper market connection for both consumers and creators alike.”
Award-winning FrontGate ( is the largest Internet & Events group and marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience.  Serving as “Your Gateway To The Christian Audience,” FrontGate’s Web Network is an anchor for Publishers and Authors who seek the Christian reader because of outlets including The Book Club Network,,,, and more providing monthly reach to more than 10 million Christians and 5 million email subscribers. The Event Network reaches hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. FrontGate’s web site is also home to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) official news archive.  The firm also provides Faith-based market Strategy Development, Media Buying, Public Relations, and Social Media Marketing. Founded in 2001, FrontGate received the Best Marketing Website and Best Faith-based Website Awards in the 2014 Internet Advertising Competition, and Standard of Excellence Awards in the Marketing and Faith-based categories in the 2014 WebAwards.  The company plays a key role in the success of for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking the faith-based and family friendly audiences.  
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For more information on The Orange County Children’s Book Festival or FrontGate Media,
please contact:

Lori Lenz-Heiselman – FrontGate Media