2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival (FREE Savannah kids’ events)

If your plan is to have your child read at least one book by all the featured authors at the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival in November, then we’ve got you’ve covered. Check out the list of authors attending the popular free festival below. The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

The festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. The eighth annual festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. The festival will also include more than 60 Coastal Authors, arts and crafts, an International Tent, a variety of food and entertainment, a Book Walk and graphic novel/comics area.

This year’s featured authors and illustrators are:
Blue Balliett, author, “Chasing Vermeer,” “The Danger Box”
Shana Corey, author, “Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure”
Carmen Agra Deedy, author, “The Library Dragon,” “14 Cows for America”
Elizabeth Dulemba, author and illustrator, “Soap, Soap, Soap” and “Lula’s Brew”
–John Harris, author, “Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be”
Tad Hills, author and illustrator of “Rocket Writes a Story,” “How Rocket Learned to Read,” “Duck & Goose”
Victoria Kann, illustrator and co-author of “Pinkalicious” and “Purplicious”
Alan Katz, author, “Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs”
“Dino” Don Lessem, author, “Dinopedia”
Raven Magwood, teen author of “The 7 Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes”
Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down”
Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author, “Ruth and the Green Book” —Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author and illustrator of “Green,” “Dog and Bear,” and “First the Egg”
Michael P. White, illustrator, “The Library Dragon”

One of the festival's featured bestselling authors, Tad Hills of “How Rocket Learned to Read” fame, shares not only his children's books on his Web site http://tadhills.com/, but also photos of the cool, creative Halloween costumes he's crafted for his kids.

The free festival will also include more than 60 Coastal Authors, arts and crafts, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. The Book Walk encourages families to enjoy a story from page to page throughout the park and features the bestselling “How Rocket Learned to Read” led by the book’s author, Tad Hills. Be sure to check out Tad Hills’ Web site to learn more about not only his books but also the cool, creative Halloween costumes he’s crafted over the years for his own kids.

The Savannah Children’s Theatre will bring their young actors to the festival for performances throughout the day.

J’miah Nabawi will again host the festival’s International Tent, which will feature a variety of multicultural musical performances and storytelling sessions.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call 912-652-3689. For updates, visit the library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/liveoakpubliclibraries

Attention all local authors and illustrators: If you are interested in participating in the Coastal Writer’s Circle at this year’s festival, please contact Alissa Boyd at 912-925-8305 or boyda@liveoakpl.org for more information.

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