Wade Bradford

Local author Wade Bradford, a teacher at Moorpark College, will share his first published picture book Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? Or, a history of messy rooms a fun and clever romp through childhood clutter and why it's important to MAKE YOUR BED!
Guest Author: Wade Bradford

Young Author's Fair

The Young Author's Fair is a collaboration between VCRA and the California State University Channel Islands to present a full morning of activities that will include a special presentation by a guest author.

With the help of teachers, mentors and family members in Ventura County, students create books, newspapers, journals, and other "authored" items. The written works of these children take on special importance when displayed in the college setting.

Classroom teachers, home school groups and individuals, or families who would like to participate and display children's works are encouraged to register!

The Young Author's Fair also gives teachers a chance to see the work that goes on throughout the individual classrooms of Ventura County and get inspiration from their colleagues' efforts.
CLASSROOM TEACHERS and HOME SCHOOL EDUCATORS who join CRA and VCRA when registering their class or student for this event or are already members will receive one complimentary copy of the guest author's book when they attend the event! Don't miss this chance to join a great group, get your students excited about literacy and receive a wonderful book from a local author for your library!

Professional Development for Educators

Educators are invited to professional development opportunities in the morning and will have time afterwards to view the writing projects submitted by students in Ventura County and meet with teachers who are familiar with participation in the VCRA Young Author's Fair.
It is the goal of the Ventura County Reading Association to encourage and celebrate reading, writing and the creativity of the students in Ventura County. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a venue as beautiful as the John Spoor Broome Library at CSUCI to accomplish this.

Children's Reading Celebration 


CSUCI Campus
John Spoor Broome Library

University students will again present the Children's Reading Celebration to help author stories, hold book talks, and work with children and families doing hands-on projects to explore literacy, share the joy of reading and have fun!
Holding this event in cooperation with California State University Channel Islands gives parents an opportunity to bring their children to a positive and festive event in a lovely collegiate environment. It also offers a unique setting in which to celebrate, honor and encourage their children’s writing accomplishments.