Children’s Book Fair and Writing Workshops
Saturday, January 18 – Downtown Iowa City
Every year, hundreds of young readers and writers converge on the Children’s Book Fair. Non-stop activities including live music, face painting, author readings and signings, arts and crafts, and costumed characters make for an extraordinary day. Join us for our third annual event as we celebrate children’s literature at the Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, January 18, at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. Educators, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, bookstores, parents, and, of course, children will gather together to recognize the important role of literature in the development of children’s literacy, imagination, and love of reading.
Come discover a new book, play with some of your favorite storybook characters, and be inspired by the variety of programming and workshops throughout the day!
Sheraton Main Stage
9 am—Reading Road Trip with IPTV’s Dan Wardell. Join Dan on another “Dantastic” adventure!
10:15 am—Meet the Authors. Get autographs from featured student authors and mingle with published children’s book authors.
11:15 am—Stuck: A Skit with The Iowa Children’s Museum. Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree. How can he get it down? Join Floyd’s hilarious problem-solving skills as much more than the kite gets stuck! Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers.
12 pm—Book Character Meet and Greet. Meet SkippyJon Jones, Little Critter, Curious George, Clifford, Olivia, and Lilly from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.
1 pm—Alice in Wonderland by Nolte Academy. A sneak peek from the upcoming performance.
1:30 pm—Reading Road Trip with IPTV’s Dan Wardell. Join Dan on another “Dantastic” adventure!
2:30 pm—Draw a Poem/Cuenta Poemas Illustrados with Ana Merino. Poetry and art combine in this bilingual celebration of creativity.
3 pm—Stuck: A Skit with The Iowa Children’s Museum. Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree. How can he get it down? Join Floyd’s hilarious problem-solving skills as much more than the kite gets stuck! Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers.
3:30 pm—Book Character Meet and Greet. Meet SkippyJon Jones, Little Critter, Curious George, Clifford, Olivia, and Lilly from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.
Iowa City Public Library
10:15 am—MusicIC: Where Music and Literature Meet. Hear Goodnight Moon, Pecos Bill, and The Story of Ferdinand in a whole new way! Meeting Room A.
11 am—Loren Long. Keynote presentation by the creator of the New York Times bestselling Otis books—Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, and An Otis Christmas. Long is also the illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, Madonna’s Mr. Peabody’s Apples, and the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could. Meeting Room A.
12:30 pm—Laura Purdie Salas. Poet and author of more than 100 books for kids, including Bookspeak! Poems About Books and A Leaf Can Be…. Meeting Room A.
1:30 pm—Katherine House. Nonfiction author of The White House for Kids (to be released February 1, 2014) and Lighthouses for Kids. Meeting Room A.
2:30 pm—Sarah Aronson. Author of three novels for kids and teens: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. Meeting Room A.
3:30—Brian Farrey. Author of the fantasy series The Vengekeep Prophecies, with the newly released title The Shadowhand Covenant, and young adult novel With or Without You. Meeting Room A
1:00-4:30 pm—Comic Gallery. Stop by for an exciting gallery opening of artwork and comic strips produced by students and professionals during the Comic Book Confidential workshop. Teen Center.
9 am-4:30 pm—Book Drive. Collecting books for the United Way. Sheraton Ballroom Foyer by the Registration Booth.
9 am-12 pm—The Little Engine That Could. Full steam ahead for Lego and Brio Train fun with Dan Daly. Johnson Room in the Sheraton.
10 am-12 pm—Comic Book Confidential. Learn from three comic book gurus—Eric Gapstur, Aaron Gillespie, and Phil Hester—who will share how to transform an idea into a comic. Challenge yourself to be creative in this hands-on workshop! For grades 5 and up. Carver Room by Share in the Sheraton.
12-2 pm—Junior High Writing Jam. Led by instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Come together with other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new. Meet visiting authors Sarah Aronson and Brian Farrey. Fair Grounds Café, 345 S. Dubuque St. (One block south of the Sheraton, just off Burlington).
**Please note: all events are tentative and subject to change