The Owl & Turtle Bookshop will host a special holiday book-signing event with three beloved author/illustrators of children’s books Saturday, Dec. 11. Karel Hayes, Loretta Krupinski and Chris Van Dusen will sign copies of their books from 10 a.m. to noon.

Hayes has illustrated or authored and illustrated 15 books for children, some of which include “The Amazing Journey of Lucky the Lobster Buoy”; “The Winter Visitors,” which won the Time of Wonder award and a bronze medal IPPY award for Best Children’s Picture Book; and her latest, “Snowflake Comes to Stay.” Her drawings and paintings have appeared in exhibitions nationally and in several magazines. She lives in Center Harbor, N.H.

After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, Krupinski worked for many years as an illustrator and graphic designer. However, she has chosen to pursue a dual career as a maritime artist and an author and illustrator of 29 books for children and has won numerous awards for both. Her two newest books are “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfronts” and “Snow Dog’s Journey.” She lives in South Thomaston.

Camden author and illustrator Van Dusen has written and illustrated numerous books for children. The five books he has written and illustrated are “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee,” “A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee,” “If I Built a Car” (an E.B. White Read Aloud Award Winner), “Circus Ship” and his newest book, “Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee.” He also illustrated the six books in the Mercy Watson series by Kate Dicamillo.

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop is located in the Knox Mill complex, 32 Washington St. For more information, call 236-4769.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to