The public library is one of our favourite hangouts. During the summer there’s the Summer Reading Club and during the school year our local branch is a quick walk on our way home to pick-up new reads, plus they have great programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The library is cool on hot summer days and warm and windy cold ones and the staff, at least at our local branch, is amazing, especially those who oversee the children’s department.
With 3 kids we spend a lot of time in the children’s department. To be honest, I can’t remember the last book I read where the main character was over the age of twelve. That also explains why my Write a Review Wednesday posts all focus on children’s literature; we love it.
So the news that the Toronto Public Library is hosting their first every Children’s Literature Festival is very exciting. Book Bash takes place this Saturday (August 28) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North York Central Library.
They’ll have storytelling, puppet shows, face painting, crafts and more. But the best part, the part that has me really excited, are the two reading stages. Authors like Eric Walters, Barbara Reid, Kenneth Opal and many more will be on hand to read from their works. You can see the reading schedule for the Outdoor Stage and the Indoor Stage on the Book Bash site.
And the event is FREE! What a wonderful way to end summer, hanging out with the family celebrating the joy of children’s literature. If you have kids and read them books, which I’m sure you do, head out to the Book Bash Children’s Literature Festival to show your support of great kids books and their authors and illustrators.