The 2012 Festival
The 2012 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:
--Tad Hills, author and illustrator of “Rocket Writes a Story,” “How Rocket Learned to Read” and “Duck & Goose”
--Victoria Kann, illustrator and co-author of “Pinkalicious” and “Purplicious”
--Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author and illustrator of “Green,” “Dog and Bear” and “First the Egg”
--Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America” and “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down”
--Blue Balliett, author of “Chasing Vermeer,” “The Wright 3” and “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 of “Return of the Library Dragon” and “14 Cows for America”
--Alan Katz, author of “Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs”
--John Harris, author of “Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be”
--“Dino” Don Lessem, author of “National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia” and “Monsters of the Sea”
--Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author of “Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story” and “Ruth and the Green Book”
--Michael P. White, illustrator of “Return of The Library Dragon”
--Raven Magwood, teen author of “The 7 Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes”
--Elizabeth Dulemba, author and illustrator of “Soap, Soap, Soap” and “Lula’s Brew”
The free festival will also include authors and illustrators from throughout the Low Country and Southeast region, arts and crafts, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. In addition, a book walk will be staged among the trees so families may enjoy a story together reading from one page to the next throughout the park. This year’s book walk selection is the bestselling "How Rocket Learned to Read," and a special morning reading will be led by the book’s author, Tad Hills.
J’miah Nabawi will again host the festival’s International Tent, which will feature a variety of multicultural musical performances and storytelling sessions. Young actors from the Savannah Children’s Theatre will also be at the festival, presenting special skits and short plays throughout the day.
Major sponsors are the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.
Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call 912-652-3605. For updates, keep checking www.liveoakpl.org or the library’s Facebook page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.