Bookamania Chicago: A Free Celebration of Children's Books Coming to Chicago's Harold Washington Library Center.

Bookamania Chicago: A Free Celebration of Children's Books Coming to Chicago's Harold Washington Library Center.

CHICAGO, November 5, 2012. You may want to bookmark this:  The 19th annual Bookamania is coming to Chicago's Harold Washington Library Center Saturday, November 17, 2012.

This popular festival features favorite children’s book authors and illustrators, costumed storybook characters, puppetry, theater, dance, magic, music, plus dozens of book-related art activities.

“Parents can set their children on a successful path to reading and lifelong learning by showing them the joy found in children’s books and reading with them,” said Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. "Reading sparks children’s imagination, stirs their curiosity and expands language and vocabulary skills. Bookamania offers families a day of free activities combining enormous fun with valuable learning potential that exist in children’s books.”

On tap for Bookamania 2012 are the following noted children’s book authors and illustrators: Tad Hills, who wrote Rocket Writes a Story; Don Tate, author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw; David Diaz, illustrator of Praise for the Day; and Fran Manushkin, author of the Kati Woo series.

The festival will also present special performances of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books to be presented by Theatreworks USA, as well as additional performances by Chris Fascione, Shanta, the Junior League of Chicago and Isabel Quinteros.

Bring your camera for some great photo-ops with the likes of your children's favorite storybook characters including Bad Kitty, Biscuit, Ladybug Girl, Olivia, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mother Goose, the Chicago Library Owl and the Storybook King and Queen.

The free festival starts at 11a.m. and continues until 3p.m. throughout the Harold Washington Library Center, at 400 S. State Street. Bookamania is geared for children ages 3-10. Phone: (312) 747-4050.

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