The 2012 Festival
Savannah Children’s Book Festival set for Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
The 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 10, 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.
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”
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.
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.
Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.
Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center.
The library offers special storytimes, featuring the work of the festival headliners, in the months leading up to the festival. Check the library’s website for dates and times.
On Friday, Nov. 9, Reaching Reluctant Readers, a free symposium for educators, pre-service teachers, and parents, will be offered at the Southwest Chatham Library. Call Constance Coleman at (912) 925-8305 for more information.
Entries from the library’s spring 2012 festival poster contest will hang at the City of Savannah’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs S.P.A.C.E. Gallery from Tuesday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 1. The gallery is located at 9 W. Henry St.
In September/October, the library holds the annual Young Writers Contest and invites students to write poems using words found in the work of the festival presenters. Winners will be invited to read their work and celebrate their achievement at a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Bull Street Library.