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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

Cedar Key School Island City Young Authors' Conference

The annual Young Authors' Conference will take place on Friday morning, April 25.

K-5 students will share their published works during the Authors' Chair. Our featured guest artists include author and illustrator, Rebekah Raye and storyteller Kaye Byrnes.

The conference will include a book sale sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

Rebekah Raye will be visiting from Maine. Her published books include, Thanks to the Animals and The Very Best Bed. She was recognized at Society of Illustrators in 2005 and was nominated for the Maine Chickadee Award in 2006. Ms. Raye believes every student can be an artist. She plans to engage students in the process she follows by sharing her illustrations and inviting the students to create their own sketches.

Kaye Byrnes has been sharing stories since 1996. After a successful career in corporate America she decided to begin storytelling. Ms. Byrnes holds a bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts in Theater from the University of Wisconsin. She uses her art to entertain and educate. She says storytelling "speaks to the imagination and heart of young and old alike."

Parents and community members are invited to attend.