Put on your own Kids' Book Fest!
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The purpose of the Kids' Book Fest is to establish a community-wide celebration that brings parents and children together around excitement for children's books. The festival includes art, entertainment, and activities all based on books. Local authors are showcased. Community organizations are invited to host a story-related book station. Read-aloud environments based on books are set up for children to visit, and book characters walk around the Fest promoting specific books. Food and books are available for festival-goers to purchase.
Each year a theme is chosen and a specific author and book are featured based on the theme. Festival activities are planned to bring the chosen book to life for children. The featured book is offered to schools at a very reduced price, labeled with a bookplate promoting reading, and accompanied by a letter from the author to children.
Goal: to increase home, school, community engagement with childrenšs literature as a way to elevate the status of books and reading