This weekend marks the 2nd Annual Boston Book Festival. With our history, libraries and world famous authors, it still surprises me that it took so long to establish a city wide festival celebrating books–better late than never.
The festival planners have done an excellent job of making sure that there is something for everyone, including children. If your kid groans when you say you’re going to a book festival, you can counter with: author Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be there; the Fancy Nancy children’s book series authors will be there (kids can dress up for this); a cartooning workshop will take place; book making and decorating is offered; and the list goes on. Tweens and young adults might be impressed by meeting Kathryn Lasky, author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series (one of which is now a movie currently in theatres).
A good starting point for younger kids is StoryPlace at the Boston Public Library, where there will be authors, illustrators and costume characters, such as Lilly (and her purple plastic purse), Curious George, Wild Thing, Llama Llama and the Cat in the Hat.
There will also be a festival stage with live performances including bands and a poetry slam. Copley Square will be home to a marketplace filled with vendors of all types—from books to food to other retailers. Of course, Union Park Press has a booth there, so make sure to come by and say hello and participate in our Boston Line by Line project. I’ll be there from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. signing my book. And I have no doubt my 12-year-old daughter will be roaming around Copley, filling up a bag full of books to take home!