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Award-Winners Headline 2013 RI Festival of Children’s Books + Authors

Thursday, September 19, 2013

 

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, will be among the attendees at the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it boasts one of the best book festivals in the nation. Thousands of people come to the Book Festival each year to meet acclaimed authors and illustrators from all corners of the country. These authors and illustrators will travel to Providence this October for the opportunity to be featured in the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors, hosted by Lincoln School in Providence.

Through a new collaboration with the Central Falls Library, a Book Festival author will host a children’s event at the Central Falls Library. In addition, Lincoln School students will organize a used book drive for the library. The goals are to introduce children to the library who have never been there before, and to collect as many books as possible for the Central Falls community.

All-star guest list

Excitement is already building in the local community and beyond as Providence anticipates welcoming this year’s impressive roster of writers, including: Newbery Award winners Avi and Sharon Creech, who have written over 60 books for young children, Adam Gidwitz, Daniel Handler, author of the widely popular Lemony Snicket series, Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series, Over and Under the Snow author Kate Messner, Bill Harley, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Laurie Keller, Gregory Mone, Rhode Island Children’s Book Award winner Dan Santat, and Rhode Island’s own Chris Van Allsburg, world-renowned author and illustrator of The Polar Express. Authors give talks throughout the day, sign their books and enjoy spending time with their fans, old and new.

Young readers and their parents will have the chance to meet and talk with the authors, have their books personally signed, participate in bookmaking and other crafts, and view a special performance. The Festival—to be held on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, in Providence—celebrates the unique joy that can only be found by opening the pages of a book.

“This event brings literature to life not only for our students, but for students across Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts—we’ve even had people come from as far as New Jersey to take part in the day,” says Meagan Lenihan, Lower School Librarian at Lincoln School. “Our goal is to inspire a love of reading and books that will last a lifetime.”

Admission is $5. For a full listing of performances and activities, visit www.lincolnschool.org or call the school at 401-331-9696, extension 3135.

 

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