Family fun at the Festival!

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family fun emailThere’s so much free fun for families at the Festival—stories read by the authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, sing-a-longs, and more.

Children’s and YA book authors and programming highlights include R.L. Stine, author of the famed Goosebumps series, with his new scary YA book A Midsummer’s Night Scream, Lemony Snicket (All the Wrong Questions), Bob Shea (Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great), Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), Dyslexia Awareness Month with a screening of the documentary Embracing Dyslexia followed by a Q&A with director Luis Macias, and many, many more.

The youngest readers will enjoy the Children’s Chapter, by presenting sponsor H-E-B, which includes the Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, the Children’s Entertainment Tent, and the Children’s Activity Tent.

A few highlights from of the Children’s Chapter include:

  • Therapy Dogs, Austin Dog Alliance and author Marcia Goldman present Lola and the rest of the “Bow Wow Reading Dogs;” Sat. 10 a.m.
  • Storybook Character Fashion Show
  • The Biscuit Brothers, hosts of the EMMY Award-winning PBS kids’ music and education program will capture all that’s best about children’s music; Sat. 11 a.m.
  • Fiction Writing Contest Awards, the young winners of the Texas Book Festival’s Youth Fiction Contest for grades 7-12, sponsored by Kirkus Reviews, are awarded their plaques and discuss their dreams and aspirations on a panel; Sat. noon
  • Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, puppeteer, artist, costume designer, and book illustrator Ellen Turner Scott amazes with the art of puppetry; Sun. 11 a.m.
  • Tejas Star winner Monica Brown, who will present her heart-warming bilingual book Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash; Sat. 10:30 a.m.
  • Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, present their new book Battle Bunny, a wildly entertaining and creative picture book that transforms before your eyes; Sat. 11 a.m.
  • Transmedia Demonstration Station, brought to you by KLRU and PBS, this mobile iPad station is stocked full of educational video, digital storybooks, and more; Sun. noon- 3 p.m.
  • Don Tate, presents his latest children’s book Hope’s Gift, a poignant story celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; Sun. 11:30 a.m.

Our biggest piece of advice to ensure your family has the best possible Festival experience is to plan your schedule in advance.

The countdown is officially on— only one more week until the Texas Book Festival is finally here!