Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

This weekend was extra special!  It was a rare Saturday that Dave did not have to work and we got to spend the entire day together.  We started the day off with a fun trip to the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at The Lincoln School in Providence.

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The festival featured many well known authors and illustrators.  This was our second time attending this event, and when we saw the list of attending authors/illustrators we couldn’t wait to go!

Check out the list:

Avi (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle)
Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons)
Kimberly Newton Fusco (Tending to Grace)
Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm)
Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket)
Bill Harley (musician, author of Lost and Found)
Laurie Keller (Arnie the Doughnut)
Jarrett Krosoczka (Good Night, Monkey Boy)
Kate Messner (Over and Under the Snow)
Gregory Mone (Fish and Dangerous Waters)
Susan Rich (Editor-at-Large for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Susannah Richards (professor of reading and language arts at Eastern Connecticut State University)
Dan Santat (author and illustrator of Sidekicks and the illustrator of many books, including Because I’m Your DadOh, No! and Oh, No! Not Again!, and Crankenstein at the Zoo. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, The Replacements)
Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumaji)

Quite the impressive list!!

We arrived just in time to see a performance by the super talented and incredibly fun  Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys!!  We sat right in the front row and even though Avery was being a Pouty McPouterson, Dave and I had a blast dancing in our seats and signing along!

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After the show we headed to the book “store” and checked out books.  There were so many incredible options, it was difficult to choose just one…..

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We chose to purchase “Carnivores” Illustrated by Dan Santat!  As an artist I am always drawn to (pun intended) books with incredible and unique illustrations, “Carnivores” does not disappoint!  It is also hilariously funny! (You can get a copy HERE)

Avery spent a few minutes reading her new book, and then we headed in to the gymnasium where the authors/illustrators were signing!

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Throughout the day each author/illustrator would be set up at a table, signing their books. It was really great to know who would be there and when, and not have to choose one author over another. The event had a really great schedule set up.

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We arrived right in time to hop on Dan Santat’s line!  It was quite a long line, so Avery spent the time hanging out with some big kids!

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And then it was our turn!!

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We discovered that the line was long because Dan is an AWESOME guy and really took time with every person that came to his signing!  You can tell that he truly appreciates his fans; old and new….even the ones who can’t read yet!

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After we had our book signed and some hugs and kisses from Dan we ventured outside to check out the food trucks!! And then a deep sadness sunk in. I discovered that I had left my wallet at home and we didn’t have any cash!!!  (There were a few trucks that took cards, but I REALLY wanted a cupcake and that was cash only haha)

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The lawn in front of the school was filled with families, eating, reading, and enjoying the beautiful day together! It was so nice to see such a wonderful coming together of the community for such a great event!

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The festival also featured crafts (book making) for kids as well as presentations from each of the authors/illustrators. Sadly we didn’t participate in these as Avery was ready for a nap and would not sit through the author talks.

We had a blast and can’t wait until next year’s festival!

For more information, and festival news follow The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors on FACEBOOK and TWITTER

**DISCLOSURE: Our family was invited to attend this event for free in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are our own!**

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