Children’s Book FestivalEvent Date: April 02, 2022 through April 03, 2022
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.
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/.
If you enjoy a good rhyme, hugely popular multi-media performance artist Wes Tank will have your head bobbing as he raps zany rhymes of children’s literature over amazing hip-hop beats that both kids and parents love through StoryRaps on children’s streaming app Kidoodle.TV and YouTube. Throughout the two-day event, Wes will teach kids a magical form of storytelling that promises to be a blast!