April 18, 2019

Kristina Smith

Marketing Committee chairman

American Presidents Film & Literary Festival

Fremont, OH 43420

800-998-7737, ext. 217


Children’s book illustrator to give school, public program for kids during film, literary fest

FREMONT, Ohio – A veteran children’s book illustrator will work with kids in Fremont City Schools and give a public program during the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival in early October.

            Jeff Ebbeler has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and has been creating art for kids for nearly a decade.

            He will share with the students his process for bringing words to life through pictures he creates.

            His drawings are featured in the book “Ellie Mae on Presidents’ Day.” The book shares the story of quirky and fun second-grader Ellie Mae, who loves learning about U.S. presidents and wants to hold her class’ flag during Presidents’ Day week.

            Other books where his work are featured include “George the Hero Hound,” “When Bill Gates Memorized the Encyclopedia” and “Melvin the Mouth.”

            Ebbeler has given lectures and demonstrations on his art in grade schools, colleges and museums.

            His programs in Fremont will take place leading up to the film festival, which is Oct. 4-6.

Specific times and dates for his programs have not been set and will be announced at americanpresidentsfilmfestival.org.

            In addition to illustrating children’s books, Ebbeler created large-scale animal puppets for the Central Park Zoo. He also worked as art director at Publications International Ltd. in Chicago for six years, where he designed and occasionally illustrated books and engineered pop-up books.

            Ebbler attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He and his family live in Cincinnati. He spends his free time with twin daughters Olivia and Isabel.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.

The festival is committed to providing a place for expanded national and international understanding of the history and current events that have and continue to shape and influence the President of the United States. Utilizing the site and community of America’s first presidential library and museum, filmmakers, film professionals and authors will inspire audiences to explore, understand, critique and analyze the people, places, politics and power surrounding the American Presidency.

For information, visit americanpresidentsfilmfestival.org and follow on Facebook at @ampresfilmlit and Twitter at @film_american.