First Annual Columbus Children's Book Festival to welcome renowned authors and illustrators | Arts & Culture
A near 100% chance of rain will be moving the First Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival indoors.
Originally intended to take place on the front lawn of the Columbus Public Library, the event will now take place inside the Library building at 3000 Macon Road.
The long-awaited First Annual Columbus Children’s Book Festival debuts on Saturday May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Festival will bring several well-known authors and illustrators to town for free presentations and autograph sessions that are designed for the whole family. In addition to authors and illustrators, there will be entertainment, jump houses, books for sale, food, beverages and more.
The featured authors and illustrators represent some of the most famous and awarded talent working in the field of children’s literature, including:
- The One and Only Goosebumps Creator R. L. Stine.
- Fancy Nancy’s creator Jane O’Connor.
- Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott winner and illustrator of over 100 books.
- Editor and author of Here Come The Girl Scouts! and the First Grader from Mars series Shana Corey.
- David Catrow, illustrator of over 25 books such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! and an editorial cartoonist syndicated in over 900 newspapers.
- Baseball and History fanatic Jonah Winter, author of New York Times children’s bestsellers Diego and Here Comes The Garbage Barge, along with his latest non-fiction work You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!
- Linda Davick, illustrator of the popular counting books 10 Trick-or-Treaters, 10 Trim-The-Tree’ers and 10 Valentine Friends. She is also the designer for the Columbus Children’s Book Festival logo.
Joining the Festivities will be entertainers such as magician Arthur Atsma, clown and juggler Lew-E, mad scientist Doc Atoms, street performances by Gateway Performance Productions and the Springer Opera House Stilt Walkers, plus costumed characters brought to life by the Family Theatre.
The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the Hardaway High School Marching Band at 10 a.m. Author presentations start at 11 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.
Budding area fashion designers will get a chance to show their creative apparel during the Fancy Nancy Uniquely You Fashion Show, slated to take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Aflac Tent. Inspired by the title character of author Jane O’Connor’s best-selling series, the fashion show allows designers to make costumes from any found materials, including ribbons, clips, scarves and hats. If you or someone you know would like to participate, download an application at www.cvlga.org/entertainersandmore.
There will be a special keynote presentation by illustrator Jerry Pinkney at 7 p.m. on Friday May 3 in the Columbus Public Library auditorium. In this presentation Mr. Pinkney will talk about his life’s work in the field of children’s literature and how he sees the industry changing in the near future. The public is invited to attend this free lecture.
A wide range of community organizations have agreed to sponsor the event in this inaugural year, including:
- Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, Inc.
- Major donor The Muscogee County Library Foundation.
- Tent Sponsors Aflac and The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center.
- Simple Steps Garden sponsor Muscogee County Friends of Libraries.
- Autograph Tent Sponsor Star Family Foundation.
- Media sponsors Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, WRBL News 3, Sunny 100 and CBS Outdoor Media.
- Festival Supporters include the Hughston Clinic and Publix.
Complete event information, including author and performer schedules can be found on the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ website www.cvlga.org/festival2013.