Books and shuttle buses were the big deal for the day last year when I and my husband took our then 3-year-old triplets to the first San Diego Children’s Book Festival and had a knock-it-out-of-the-park good time. I’ll miss this year’s festival thanks to this year-long adventure of ours in Lowestoft, England, but YOU don’t have to. Here are the details or go to their website at www.sandiegobookfestival.org:
The San Diego Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 9th from 10 am to 4 pm
The event is taking place at the Nobel Athletic Field and North University Community Branch Library on Nobel and Judicial (8820 Judicial). Parking will be available across the street at Biogen Idec and a double decker shuttle bus will deliver attendees to the entrance.
Hear your favorite author/illustrators speak!
Get your books signed!
Play ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ trivia games!
Get your faces painted and your balloons twisted!
ALL FOR FREE!!!!
Some of the nation’s top teen and children’s authors and illustrators will be there: Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian”; D.J. MacHale, writer, director and producer of popular television series such as “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and the best-selling author of “Pendragon”; and Gerald McDermott, internationally acclaimed author-illustrator and winner of the Caldecott Medal. Authors will appear on two stages throughout the day, reading, talking and answering questions about their books, the craft of writing, and their careers. Directly following each presentation will be a signing by writers. Illustrators will be giving demonstrations of their art.
Last year’s inaugural San Diego Children’s Book Festival attracted 5,000 people. This year they expect between 7,000 and 10,000. For each book sold, a percentage will be donated to the San Diego Public Library. Sounds like another great day for all, so check it out!