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The Lincoln School Presents Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors

Storytime has always been special in our house: Re-reading the same picture book a hundred times, finding every book written by a well-loved author or discovering a big book like The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick that when becomes our new nightly read, makes us long for pajama time, eager to find out what happens next.

Poster09If you love books, learning about the creative process, and meeting your favorite author or illustrator, The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Book and Authors is the place to be this Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 to 5:30 at Lincoln School in Providence.

This year’s event will feature exciting local and national authors and illustrators such as: Lois Lowry, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Chris Van Allsburg.  Caldecott award-winning author Brian Selznick will discuss his new book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Mary Downing Hahn will discuss her book Deep and Dark and Dangerous, winner of the 2009 RI Children’s Book Award. The Children’s Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman, will also be at the Festival.

The day will also include crafts and a special concert by Elizabeth Mitchell. If you’re not already familiar with her music, I recomend hearing Elizabeth perform live–her voice is melodic, folksy and has an ethereal quality. Recording and performing music for children since 1998, she has released four albums, including her most recent release, You Are My Little Bird, which was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered with Melissa Block and was voted best children’s music album of 2006 by Amazon.com. Elizabeth has collaborated with musicians including Levon Helm, Dan Zanes, Ziggy Marley and Ella Jenkins. Elizabeth records and performs with her husband Daniel Littleton and eight year old daughter Storey Littleton. Although she used to live in Providence, she now lives with her family in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

“This event brings literature to life not only for our students, but for students across Rhode Island and neighboring Massachusetts,” said Meagan Lenihan, Lower School librarian at Lincoln School. “Our goal is to inspire a love of reading and books that hopefully will last a lifetime. This event is a highly acclaimed attraction that brings authors and illustrators from all over the country to Rhode Island. ”

The Details:
Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors
Location: Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, Providence, RI
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:30PM
Cost: Admission is $3. Professional development credits are available along with a 10% discount for all educators. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lincoln School Community Scholars Program.
Phone: 331-9696, extension 3135
Website: http://www.festivalofchildrensbooks.org

Here’s the Schedule of Authors and Illustrators. The first presentation starts at 9:15AM and last signing ends at 5PM. Elizabeth Mitchell will be performing from 12:45-1:40PM.

Padma Venkatraman
Presentation: 9:15 — 9:45
Autographing: 9:50 — 10:50
Autographing: 3:15 — 4:15

Paul O. Zelinsky
Presentation: 9:50 — 10:20
Autographing: 10:20 — 12:00
Autographing: 1:45 — 3:00

Anita Silvey
Presentation: 10:25-10:55
Autographing: 11:00- 12:15
Autographing: 3:15 — 4:15

Brian Selznick
Presentation: 11:00-11:30
Autographing: 11:30 — 12:30
Autographing: 2:30 — 4:30

Jerry Pinkney
Presentation: 11:35 —12:05
Autographing: 10:00 — 11:00
Autographing: 12:05 — 12:45
Autographing: 1:45 — 2:45

Etienne Delessert
Presentation: 12:10 — 12:40
Autographing: 10:30 — 11:30
RISD: 2:00 — 3:00
Autographing: 3:00-4:00

Mary Ann Hoberman
Presentation: 1:50 — 2:20
Autographing: 11:30 — 12:30
Autographing: 2:20 — 4:00

Christopher Paul Curtis
Presentation: 2:30 — 3:00
Autographing: 10:00 — 11:00
Autographing: 3:00 — 4:30

Mary Downing Hahn
Presentation: 3:10 — 3:40
Autographing: 11:00 — 12:30
Autographing: 3:40 — 5:00

Lois Lowry
Presentation: 3:50 — 4:20
Autographing: 11:00 — 12:45
Autographing: 4:20 — 5:30

Chris Van Allsburg
Presentation: 4:30 — 5:00
Autographing: 1:30 — 3:30
Autographing: 5:00 — 5:30

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  • i have always loved the chris van allsburg poster for this event. YEARS ago, before i even had children, i took a poster from the east side market bulletin board and had it framed. it now hangs in my boys’ playroom. scofflaw or admirer? TMI?

  • I am smiling from ear to ear because Mitchell named her daughter Storey. The girl is a mini narrative bundled up in her p.j’s. A children’s book with a heartbeat.