Bookmania 2013, the free, day-long children’s book festival at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.), celebrates children's literacy on Saturday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 20th annual event, targeted for children ages 3 to 10 years of age and their families will showcase books, storytelling, music and theatre along with special appearances by children’s book authors and illustrators taking place throughout the library.
- Caldecott-award winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, creator of many distinguished books for children including Penny and Her Marble and The Year of Billy Miller;
- Mac Barnett, (Count the Monkeys);
- Laurie Lawlor, (Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World);
- Janice Harrington, (Busy-Busy Little Chick);
- René Colato Laínez, (Señor Pancho Had a Rancho);
- Tom Lichtenheld, (Steam Train, Dream Train)
Special activities and entertainment...
- Family reading in The Big Red Chair
- TheatreWorks USA’s production of Skippyjon Jones
- The Jabberwocky Marionettes
- Photo opportunities with your favorite storybook characters including Lilly, Elephant and Piggie, Pete the Cat, Skippyjon Jones, Martha the Talking Dog and Lars the Polar Bear
- Stories and performances by Gwen Hilary, Enoch Williamson, Jasmin Cardenas, Miss Lori, The Mad Hatters of the Junior League of Chicago, Sean Masterson, and Chris Fascione.
New addition this year include active play spaces, designed for children to develop better learning and motor skills; and art and craft extensions, where children can show creativity and earn a new book for completing activities.
For more information click here or call the library at (312) 747-4050.
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