Young Readers Encouraged to Attend ABF
- ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL FEATURES CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT WRITERS,
“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
Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Caroline Marshall Draughon
Center for the Arts & Humanities
Auburn University, AL 36849
Alabama Center for the Book