It’s almost time for the annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival in Red Wing – Twin Cities
Some of Minnesota’s outstanding authors and illustrators are looking forward to meeting children and parents on Saturday, September 17 at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival at the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing. The free event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Authors John Coy, Shannon Gibney, Sun Yung Shin, and Diane Wilson present “Where We Come From,” a book in which each represents a wide range of experiences. Wilson is Dakota, Shin is Korean-American, Gibney is black and Irish-American, and Coy is Irish and Scottish-American.
Erin Soderberg Downing shares her mid-level novel “The Great Peach Experiment 2: The Peach Pit,” and Anika Fajardo weaves a story of long-lost sisters in “Meet Me Halfway.” Phyllis Root offers a lyrical picture book, “Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden,” the biography of a New England nature poet. Loren Stringer’s picture book, The Dark was Done, teaches toddlers to overcome their fears and appreciate beauty in all things, even in the dark. Stephen Shaskan inserts a little awkwardness with “Pizza and Taco: Too Cool for School”, a young graphic novel in which the two friends meet the new cool kid.
Taking place outdoors, the festival includes face painting by Sheila, stilt walkers, children’s literature from the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection, art making activities, book making with ArtReach, table tennis, giant bubbles, a hands-on activity of the Goodhue County Historical Society. , and David Olson’s Balloon Animals.