University of Tennessee Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature sponsors children’s authors
Beware the escaped rhino! He’s disguising himself as a Florida tourist, but we think you may be able to help find him. Knox County Public Library is pleased to host rhinos on the lam plus a whole slew of children’s writers, storytellers, magicians, puppets, musicians and more in the 2nd annual Children’s Festival of Reading on Saturday, June 3rd in World’s Fair Park. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Noted children’s and young adult author, Jack Gantos, along with 12 other writers and illustrators will be on hand for book signings and meet and greets. A special roaming puppet show from Wood And Strings Theatre will present their Walkabout Puppets in “Escape from the Zoo.” Circle Modern Dance will perform excerpts from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and over 45 community groups and food vendors will keep kids of all ages dazzled and amused.
The Festival is the kick off celebration for the Summer Library Club, which provides over 150 programs throughout the summer and rewards for reaching reading goals. The children’s award pack includes admission to area attractions, one month free karate lessons, swimming at the YMCA, ice cream, hamburgers, a book pack and much more! The total value of the children’s pack is over $200. New this year, the Library is introducing an ADULT READING CHALLENGE. Adults who read or listen to 4 or more books will receive a special KCPL coffee mug and a pack of coffee. Signup for these programs plus Imagination Library will happen at the Festival.
The theme of this year’s Festival and summer library club is JUNGLE TALES, HISS, RUMBLE, AND ROAR! From silly rhinos, monkeys and alligators trying to elude their zookeeper to real life animals presented by the Knoxville Zoo – the World’s Fair Site will be roaring with fun.
“We are really excited about this year’s Festival. Last year was such a great success, we’re upping the ante. With Jack Gantos and the Walkabout Puppets, we may have actually outdone ourselves,” noted Knox County Library Director, Larry Frank. “We couldn’t do this kind of Festival without the incredible support of our sponsors.”
UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is sponsoring the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Tent. They are bringing in 13 writers for book signings including Jack Gantos, Doris Gove, Susan Vaught, Ronda Friend, Jeri Landers, Rick Yancey, Wilmoth Foreman, Alan Gratz, Kerry Madden, Helen Hemphill, Larsen Jay, Allan Wolf, Lynne Berry.
The Children’s Festival of Reading is made possible by the generous support of Books-A-Million, Downtown Knoxville, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Park Med Urgent Care, Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV-10, B97.5, Lamar Advertising, City of Knoxville, UT’s Center for Children’s And Young Adult Literature, and the East Tennessee Foundation.
For more information about the Children’s Festival of Reading, please call 215-8783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org