A free Children’s Book Festival will be held at Lake Superior State University near the Canadian border in Michigan in early November this year. The festival that will be filled with childrens arts and crafts, dancing, games, vocal performances and theatre opportunities for the youth, will highlight three authors; Debbie Dadey, Ruth McNally Barshaw, and J.C. Phillips. Other authors who will be in attendance are, Diana Oman, Larry Buege, Lise White, Gary Bergston, Thelma Godin, and Dawnlyn Homan.
Dadey, the author of the Mermaid Tales series, along with the Keyholder series will be arriving at the festival in the afternoon around 1pm. Debbie is also a co-author of the well known and award winning, Bailey School Kids Series. All together through domestic and international sales Debbie has sold over 47 million copies of her books. Ruth McNally Barshaw from the popular Ellie McDoodle series will be featured at 2:30pm. J.C. Phillips, a popular picture book author, with works such as Wink: the Ninja WHo Wanted to be Noticed, Wink: the Ninja who Wanted to Nap, The Simples Love a Picnic, and Monkey Ono will present in the morning at 11am.
Many other activities will be available to attendees such as writers workshops, drawing workshops, performances from classic childrens stories, folk singing, improvisational games, along with many more. To compliment all the great activities available, there will also be a writing contest for students in grades 3-5.
These type of festivals that embrace children reading more and making that activity fun is exactly what an author like Tim Green is in support of. His Read20 campaign has been targeted at getting the nation’s youth excited to read books, by leveraging fun activities with reading promotes a positive outlook towards books.
This festival has taken place in the Upper Peninsula since 2012, put on by LSSU in conjunction with the Bayliss Public Library.