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Young Authors' Faire offers budding writers in grades K-8 an opportunity to showcase their work at the county level. Ten exemplar submissions per school are displayed at the county office while visitors are invited to read and comment on them. 

Student authors will be able to take part in a virtual visit by illustrator Rafael Lopez during the school day. A unique session link will be sent to participating teachers.

An evening reception of book-browsing, story-sharing, and light refreshments is held to celebrate these young author's achievements. Young author's are also given an opportunity to read excerpts of their work aloud to a listening audience. 

How Do I Get Involved?

  1. Encourage students to create written and illustrated work which your site coordinator will submit.
  2. Hold a YAF at your school site during parent/student literacy night, special school events, or host an event in the school library or classroom.
  3. Invite administrators, teachers, students and parents to read, comment and, vote to determine the ten books that will advance to the county. Written comments are a much anticipated and appreciated part of this event.
  4. Encourage administrators, teachers and parents to attend the YAF event, Thursday, April 22 at the TCOE Administration Builiding Lobby. A student author reception will occur 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Student(s) are encouraged to read an excerpt from their book(s) aloud at the reception, limited space is available, sign-ups begin Monday, March 29, 2021.


  • YAF is open to all Kindergarten – 8th grade students in Tulare County. The Young Authors’ Faire is for recognition, not competition, however, exemplary works will be recognized in categories such as: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Class Book and Illustration.
  • Students may write narrative or expository texts.
  • Please carefully consider the subject of your student's books. Books depicting inappropriate material will not be displayed.
  • Students are to create a structure and organization for their text, write and revise using adult and peer review to assure coherence and readability, edit, illustrate and create a finished book for submission.
  • Students may use one of the approved Technology platforms to create an e-book. Click here for a helpful tool.
  • Adults may act only as a recorder, or typist for children who are too young to type for themselves.
  • Books may be written by one student, a small group of students working together, or an entire class of students.
  • Books may be written in any language or combination of languages.
  • Books may be any size, shape, or color.
  • Books can be made from a variety of materials.
  • Although we never judge a book by the cover, it has been our experience that visually appealing books are read and commented on more frequently.
  • All books will receive a Young Author's Faire comment sheet adhered to the back cover and a Young Authors' Faire gold embossed seal. (Electronic book comment sheets will be available digitally). Please be sure to leave this space empty so the Comment Sheet does not cover any of the author’s work.
  • All student authors will receive a Certificate of Participation. If a book was authored by a group/class, please indicate each student’s name on the Master List so we may correctly fill out a student certificate.
  • After Young Authors' Faire, books will be returned to the site coordinator.





Event Details

Online Registration Deadline
February 19, 2021 - Teachers must complete this form to register.
Event Flyer

Virtual Books, Master Lists and Signed Forms Deadline

March 19, 2021 

Student Reader Sign-Ups Begin
March 29, 2021 

Books on Display
April 22, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
TCOE Conference Center
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Young Authors' Reception
April 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
TCOE Conference Center
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

YAF Informational Packet 2021 

Event Contacts:

Juliana Davidian
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-3003

Debra Lockwood
Library Media Supervisor

    Language 1 & 2
    Writing 2 - 6
    ELD Part 1 - 9,10,12
    ELD Part 2 - 1 & 2
    Art 1 - 6

The Tulare County Office of Education (“TCOE”) created this webpage to highlight original works of authorship created and submitted by participating students.  Student content is posted on this webpage with the permission of the authoring student and parent/guardian.   The authoring student(s) retains full rights to any works of authorship posted herein.  You may not copy, reproduce, or reuse the contents of this webpage without the express consent of TCOE or, where appropriate, the authoring student(s). TCOE makes no representations or warranties as to accuracy or any other aspect of the content.