The Louisiana Book Festival is offering several programs geared toward young readers at its ninth celebration of readers and writers. Youth appropriate activities, book talks, ceremonies, readings, storytelling, film screenings and discussions will take place throughout the day.
The Festival will feature a children’s activity tent with crafts and face painting all day as well as the Brain Quest tent that will challenge children’s brains and bodies. There they will jump rope and play with beach balls and hula hoops all while answering Brain Quest questions to prove it is fun to be smart. Brain Quest team competitions for families and friends are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also scheduled for children are writing enrichment projects for fourth to ninth graders and a storytelling tent.
Costumed book characters Corduroy and Skippyjon Jones will be at the Festival for photos and visits throughout the Festival.
Several children’s and young adult authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss their books. Among them are Camille Barnes, Lesley Crawford Costner, Johnette Downing, Mary Helen Blanchard, Sue Brunner, Irene Latham, Jennifer Brown, Ellie James and Shelia Goss.
Screenings of the 2011 Academy Award-winning short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore will be held at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Several discussions for young adult readers will take place at the Festival. One discussion will feature young adult author John Corey Whaley interviewing author Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, at 1 p.m.
At 3:45 p.m. in the Capitol Park Museum Auditorium, WorldPlay’s Freshhhh Heat will conduct a teen open mic and competitive poetry slam.
The Louisiana Book Festival is Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. It is free and open to the public.
Visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org for more information.
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