19th Annual Minnesota Children's Book Festival

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 12 to 5 pm, the Anderson Center, along with the Red Wing Public Library and Mackin Educational Resources, will host the 19th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival, the state’s premier children’s book fair.

Since its beginning in 1999, this unique event has attracted more than 25,000 people from the five-state area—parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians and, above all, children of all ages—with over 150 of Minnesota’s finest children’s authors and illustrators having participated, many of whom have been recipients of our nation’s highest honors and awards in children’s literature.
Free and open to the public, the festival features readings by authors, demonstrations by illustrators, book sales and signings, bookmaking workshops, a unique exhibition of book illustrations, and the rare opportunity for children to meet one-on-one with acclaimed authors and illustrators. This year’s event will also include face painting, storytelling at the top of the Anderson Center landmark water tower, and many other activities geared for children and families alike.
This year’s festival highlights award-winning authors and illustrators Derek Anderson, Aimeé Bissonette, Drew Brockington, Michael Hall, Duchess Harris, Pete Hautman, Nicole Helget, Katharine Johnson, Joseph Kuefler, Sheila O’Connor, Alicia Schwab, Stephen Shaskan, Trisha Speed Shaskan, Lauren Stringer, and Elizabeth Verdick.

Also appearing will be popular balloon-man Dave Olson, Minnesota marble champion Tom Fletcher, stilts with Bare Bones Puppet Co., storytelling at the top of the tower with the Wonder Weavers Storytellers, and Loon’s Song, an original puppet show by Julie and Gustavo Boada.

This event is made possible in part by generous grants from 3M, Jones Family Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Cultural Heritage and Legacy Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Xcel Energy. For more information, please call 651-388-2009 or visit www.mnchildrensbookfestival.com.