Utah Humanities Book Festival presents: Jean Reagan

Main Library

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Jean will read her humorous picture book, How to Babysit a Grandpa, and then take you "behind the scenes" to show how an idea eventually became a best-selling book. Participants will be provided with supplies to create their own mini-picture book for their grandpas (or anyone else!).

How to Babysit a Grandpa is a New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).


Jean Reagan is a picture book author from Salt Lake City. Her How to Babysit a Grandpa(Knopf, 2012, illustrated by Lee Wildish) made the Indie Bestseller list. It also won the Crystal Kite award and is currently nominated for the Beehive Book Award. A companion book, How to Babysit a Grandma, is scheduled for March, 2014. Her first picture book, Always My Brother, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Each summer she and her husband serve as wilderness volunteers in Grand Teton National Park, living without water or electricity. To learn more about Jean, her books, or her summer "gig," visit JeanReagan.com.


Now in its 16th year, the Utah Humanities Book Festival has become Utah’s signature literary event. The festival is a chance for book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge events at locations throughout Utah.

The Salt Lake City portion of the Festival has been extended to two days this year, Sep 28–29, with author events taking place around Library Square, in the Main Library Auditorium, and in various Conference Rooms. This event is intended to be a kick off for the month of events to follow (the festival runs statewide for six weeks, from Sep 17–Oct 31). Visit the Utah Humanities Council website for a complete schedule of events.

The City Library will play host to several additional author events throughout October, including award-winning Children’s author Obert Skye (author of Pinocula (Creature from My Closet) and the bestselling Leven Thumps series) in the Children’ Library Story Room at 2pm on Saturday, October 19th.

Location: Children's Library Craft Room

Contact Information: 801-524-8200