The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

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The Lincoln School Presents: The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors.

Back in 1992 I was…a bit younger. In fact, I was a lot younger.  22 years younger to be exact. In 1992 I was 10 years old. Also in 1992, a children’s book was published.  Well, I’m sure many children’s books were published, but one book that I absolutely fell in love with the moment I saw the cover (yes, as an artist I tend to judge books by their covers! Super cool illustration is important to me!) was The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka.  I was obsessed with this book.  In fact, I took it out of the library and renewed it so many times in a row, that our Librarian had to ask me to let other kids have a chance.  (Hey mom & dad, why didn’t you just buy it for me?) Then I discovered another of his books, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!  and the library-borrow-renew cycle continued!

So, you can imagine my joy as a fan girl, when I saw that Jon Scieszka was one of the Authors attending the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at The Lincoln School in Providence!

We love this event, and have attended the past three years.  It’s always so much fun to hear authors and illustrators speak about their lives and careers, and then have the chance to meet them and have books signed.  We also love the music, crafts and food!

When we arrived we went inside to check everything out, but Avery had other ideas.  She had seen City Girl Cupcakes set up outside, and she wasn’t going to do anything until she had a cupcake! I’m not one to say “No” to cupcakes for breakfast, so…

City Girl Cupcake at the Festival of Children's Books ProvidenceWe ate cupcakes.

For breakfast.

There were many other local food trucks and vendors set up outside including, The Gilded Tomato, Salad Man & Juice Bar, La Creperie, Like No Udder, Rocket Fine Street Food, and New Harvest Coffee.

Food Trucks and cupcakes at The Lincoln School
This year there was a Storytellers Tent. We took some time to listen to Valerie Tutson  tell stories from around the world.

Storytellers tent music family Providence RI
After cupcakes and stories we headed back inside for some fun craft time!  Avery chose to make a bookmark! There were many crafting tables set up, and the kids in attendance were all having a great time working on their projects!

Crafts at the festival of Children's books and Authors
Then we headed in to the gym, where the author’s were signing books.  We ran into some dear friends of ours who were there to meet Jeff Kinney, and have their copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid signed.  Mr. Kinney’s line was amazingly long!  It stretched through the gym, down the hall, through the cafeteria and all the way outside!! It was quite impressive, and showed just how popular his books are! The volunteers did a great job making sure that the line moved as quickly as possible, and I saw that Kinney stayed until the last book was signed! (That’s Jeff Kinney, in the photo below)

Another Author in attendance, who we did not get to meet (due to the fact that Avery is two and a half years old and has no interest in waiting in lines) was Herman Parish. Parish is the nephew of Peggy Parish, the creator of Amelia Bedelia!  I have such a soft spot in my heart for those books. My Aunt Dort introduced me to the character when I was young, and I loved checking the books out from our town library!  Herman Parish has carried on the story of Amelia Bedelia and added more than thirty-four books to the series! The Amelia Bedelia series turned 50 years old last year!  INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to introduce Avery to the series.

Amelia Bedelia Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Avery and I hopped in line to meet  Jon Scieszka.  Fortunately, his line, while long, stayed within the confines of the gymnasium.  Avery was surprisingly patient, but I doubt she’d have been thrilled if our line was out the door.  We arrived early, and by the time the signing started, the line had more than doubled! Again–this event brings in some pretty incredible children’s book Authors and Illustrators that people really want to meet!!

Jon Scieszka Author The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales BookWe had purchased a copy of The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales at the book sale at the event (They have many children’s books available for purchase from all the author’s and illustrators featured at the event!!) and were very excited to have it signed! (Avery was more excited about showing Scieszka her lizard toys)

He was very nice, funny, and even humored me while I told my story of my 10 year old obsession with his book. I was bummed that I forgot to ask for a photo together, but I’m glad I snapped the one above!

After the signing, it was time for us to head home. (Avery was demanding kindly requesting a trip to the playground) We had a great time, and can’t wait to see what the event has in store for next year!

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Bio from Simon & Schuster: Jon Scieszkais the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.
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