16th Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12:00-5:00 p.m., the Anderson Center, along with the Red Wing Public Library and Mackin Educational Resources, will host the 16th Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children’s Authors and Illustrators, the state’s premier children’s book festival and one that has received national acclaim for its efforts to promote literacy and the joys of reading among young people.

This year’s event features a stellar line-up of Minnesota’s finest, award-winning authors and illustrators:  Aimee Bissonette, Cheryl Blackford, Cathy Camper, Rick Chrustowski, John Coy, Joy Dey, David Geister, Bruce Giebink, Molly Beth Griffin, Michael Hall, Beth Hautala, Bill Johnson, Kamie Page, Margi Preus, Jane St. Anthony, Anna Skarie, Catherine Urdahl, Stephanie Watson, Teagan White, and former Minnesota Viking and Retired Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alan Page.

The event will offer book sales by Mackin Educational Resources, book signings and readings by authors, power point presentations and talks by illustrators, and bookmaking workshops for both children and parents.  Also appearing will be the ever-popular balloon-artists Barbara Jazee and David Olson, Minnesota marble champion Tom Fletcher, and stilts with Barebones Puppet Company.  Other features include storytelling sessions with the Wonder Weavers storytellers at the top of the iconic Tower View water tower, AlphaBits music, peach basket basketball with John Coy and the Red Wing YMCA, workshops with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, and fun-filled family activities with Picture Window Books, Red Wing Arts Association, ArtReach, and many other local and regional organizations. 

Lunch, ice cream, and other refreshments will be available. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind event is free of charge and open to the public.  Free parking! For more information, please call the Anderson Center at (651) 388-2009.

Thank you to our sponsors! Sponsor List