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Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival is a FREE weekend-long festival for families of children in preschool through grade 6 featuring notable children’s authors and illustrators. The 2022 festival boasts a powerhouse lineup of talent and offers a variety of activities with a spotlight on cultural diversity.

Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Children’s Book Festival aims to provide children in grades PreK – 6 and their families with a FREE, interactive and engaging literary experience that inspires in children a love for books, encourages parents to read to their little ones, and gives them access to affordable new and used books to build home libraries of their own. The festival, an event of The Learning Lamp, will be held April 2 & 3, 2022 at Bottle Works located at 411 Third Avenue in Johnstown. And every child who comes to the Book Festival walks away with a free book from the First Book national book bank.

Guest authors/illustrators

Don Tate, the award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including Roto and Roy: Helicopter Heroes, Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas; Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions; The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch; Hope’s Gift; and many others.

Tate is also an award-winning author. Some of his books for children include: Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes, Strong As Sandow; How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth; Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.

Don is a founding host of The Brown Bookshelf– a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.

To learn more about Tate, visit https://dontate.com/

Eric Litwin, #1 New York Times best-selling author and musician, is best known as the original author of the Pete the Cat series, as well as The Nuts and Groovy Joe. His books have sold over 13 million copies and have won 26 literary awards. Eric merges literacy and music together to help early learners through The Learning Groove.

Eric’s school presentations last approximately 45 minutes as he has your students sing, move and dance along to his captivating musical stories. He shares how Pete the Cat and his other characters stay positive, loving and resilient even as things get tough. This program is designed to help students stay positive as well as love books, enjoy reading, and see themselves as readers.

To learn more about Eric, visit https://www.ericlitwin.com/.

Luke Flowers, who has illustrated more than 60 children’s books, including A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood poems by Fred Rogers, the award-winning Unicorn Day by Diana Murray, and Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carrol storybook.

Luke reached his dream of being an author and illustrator with his Moby Shinobi series with Scholastic, selling over 1 million copies since the first book was published six years ago.

When he is not illustrating or writing in his creative cave, Flowers can be found enjoying puppetry, playing banjo, basketball and outdoor adventures with his family. All of these continue to fuel his illumination of imagination.

To learn more about Luke, visit https://www.lukeflowerscreative.com/.

Bookmark contest

The 13th Annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown Bookmark Contest is sparking imaginations and bringing stories to life!

Students may enter as part of a classroom at school, or enter individually. The contest is open to all students in preschool through 6th grade and are judged in the following divisions:

  • Division #1: Grades Pre-K & K
  • Division #2: Grades 1 & 2
  • Division #3: Grades 3 & 4
  • Division #4: Grades 5 & 6

Bookmark designs should show us your favorite book or story!

Download the rules and entry form here: 2022 Bookmark Contest Rules and Entry Form.


It’s going to be a weekend of FUN! Author presentations, workshops, entertainment and more. To view a schedule of events, click here.


The Learning Lamp is seeking sponsors for 2022. Community support is critical to making this event accessible to children and families of all incomes. The festival also wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact dcapriotti@thelearninglamp.org or call 814-262-0732 x242.

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