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Do your kids love to read? First ever Seattle Children's Book Festival is coming right up

Are you ready to welcome a fantastic new nonprofit and book-lovers event to the Pacific Northwest? I sure am!

The Seattle Children’s Book Festival is a new nonprofit organization that is working to promote literacy through connecting children with their favorite authors and illustrators all while getting books into kids hands. Wonderful, right? I mean, this inaugural event will be an opportunity to meet real-life heroes IN PERSON! For free!

The first (hopefully annual) festival will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Greenwood Elementary.

Mark your calendars and plan to stop by with your young readers in tow! There will be almost 50 authors and illustrators in attendance ready for quick meet ‘n greets and autographs, signed books for sale, hands-on activities, crafts, and a few presentations by a number of creative masterminds. The event will be both inside and out and is happening rain or shine. Of course, cross your fingers for shine :)

The presentation schedule is as follows, if one catches your eye, be sure to be at the festival during that time!

  • 11:10 - 11:50 AM GRAPHIC NOVEL PANEL moderated by Dr. Celeste Trimble featuring Kazu Kibuishi, Tui T. Sutherland, Dana Simpson, and Marissa Meyer
  • 12:30 - 12:50 PM THE BEST BOOK EVER with Ben Clanton
  • 1:00 - 1:20 PM MAKING HEROES ON THE PAGE with LeUyen Pham
  • 1:30 - 1:50 PM MONSTER MASHUP with Troy Cummings
  • 2:00 - 2:40 PM MIDDLE GRADE PANEL moderated by Dr. Celeste Trimble featuring Suzanne Selfors, Varian Johnson, Dan Gemeinhart, and J. Anderson Coats

My kids are especially excited to meet Asia Citro, author of the "Zoey and Sassafras" series and Ben Clayton, author of the "Narwhal and Jelly" books. M.H. Clark will also be there and she wrote one of my favorite children’s books, "You Belong Here". This book will pull at your heartstrings in all the right ways. I love it for my big kids, but it also makes a beautiful baby shower gift in case you’re on the lookout for one of those. Illustrator LeUyen Pham, the brilliance behind "The Princess In Black" series will inspire young artist and I can’t wait to see Jing Jing Song’s illustrations from her book, "Trees", in person - that one is on my wish list! The artwork is practically frame-able!

If for some reason you can’t make it to the festival, you can preorder signed books from Third Place Books and schedule them for pick up or shipment. Think ahead to Christmas for all those little book lovers in your life, an autographed copy could produce quite the Christmas cheer! It is also an option to preorder for donation. Those purchases will contribute to The Seattle Children’s Book Festival’s mission of sharing new books with kids in low income schools throughout Seattle.

September 28th is the day to look forward to! Come to the festival ready to meet author and illustrator friends, participate in all the activities, and partner with The Seattle Children’s Book Festival’s amazing work!