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Young Readers Encouraged to Attend ABF

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  • Mark Wilson
    ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL FEATURES CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT WRITERS, ACTIVITIES “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child,” wrote Mary Ellen
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2008

      “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child,” wrote
      Mary Ellen Chase more than half a century ago. Those words are just as
      true today, and every parent and teacher knows the value of encouraging
      children to read.

      You can encourage reading--and have fun at the same time!--at the
      upcoming Alabama Book Festival on Saturday, April 19, in Montgomery. The
      festival will celebrate books and reading for all ages and offer special
      programming for young readers and families.

      Authors, illustrators, theater performances and storytelling are among
      the special children’s offerings, many of which will be located in the
      children’s tent, an area designated specifically for young readers.
      Interactive crafts and book-related activities, as well as book
      characters in costume, are also among the offerings.

      This year’s line up includes Deborah Wiles, whose first novel, Love
      Ruby Lavender, won wide acclaim, including selection as an ALA Notable
      Children's Book. Her picture book One Wide Sky was a Children’s Book
      of the Month Club selection, and novel Each Little Bird That Sings was a
      National Book Award finalist. At the festival, she’ll read from and
      talk about her latest book, The Aurora County All-Stars.

      Children’s book illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba will be on hand to talk
      about her just released Paco and the Giant Chile Plant, a bilingual
      children’s book. Her first picture book, The Prince’s Diary, was
      named No.1 2006 Valentine's Day Pick by Book Sense.

      Storytellers Wanda Johnson, recipient of the Storytelling World award,
      and Joseph Trimble, whose books include Marty and the Million Man March,
      will join Janet Chambers, author of Ready, Set, Read, and magician
      Russell Davis in the festival’s children’s area.

      Amadeus the Traveling Dog, a four-year-old Great Pyrenees whose books
      for children include Friendship Rules, will be on hand, and a special
      performance by the award-winning Children’s Educational Theater will
      take place in the children’s area. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be
      available throughout the day to greet children and sign autographs.

      Alabama Public Television will give its Reading Rainbow awards at the
      festival. A noon time program showcasing the winners reading their own
      work will be open to all.

      The Alabama Book Festival is a free event for all ages. It will take
      place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Montgomery’s historic
      Old Alabama Town. Sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, Old
      Alabama Town, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alagasco, AT&T,
      Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and many others, the
      festival is a signature literary event for the entire state.

      For a full list of festival authors/presenters and more information, go
      to www.alabamabookcenter.org.


      Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
      Caroline Marshall Draughon
      Center for the Arts & Humanities
      Pebble Hill
      Auburn University, AL 36849
      (334) 844-4948

      Alabama Center for the Book
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