This annual event is open to the public, and will surely be on my calendar for years to come!
When I was in elementary school, back in the Iron Age, our book fair consisted of tables of books, bookmarks, and fun shaped (and totally impractical) erasers - all stacked up in neat piles in our cafeteria. My parents would give me ten dollars, and I would go hog wild!
So - take fond memories of book fairs like mine, and now multiply it times a million. The result, my friends, is the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books & Authors.
Lincoln opens its vast facility to host not only a pop-up shop style book store, but also forums where you can meet and listen to presentations by nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators.
For example, this year's guests were:
Avi (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle)
Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons)
Kimberly Newton Fusco (Tending to Grace)
Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm)
Laurie Keller (Arnie the Doughnut)
Jarrett Krosoczka (Good Night, Monkey Boy)
Kate Messner (Over and Under the Snow)
Gregory Mone (Fish and Dangerous Waters)
Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji)
Festival goers were able to listen to each author and/or illustrator give a 30-min presentation, and also meet and talk with them - as well as have their books personally signed!
Parents, kids, babies galore - everyone wanted to meet and greet their favorite authors!
There were the most interesting signs created by a parent, Anne Carty, which not only had the author's name, but had it designed to showcase some of their stories!
There was a musical performance by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, craft making areas, and lunch from the fabulous food trucks - Hewtin’s Dogs Mobile by Chez Pascal, Fancheezical Grilled Cheese Truck, The Gilded Tomato, joedega, and Like No Udder.