Children’s Programming at Texas Book Festival

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If you thought Texas Book Festival was just for serious literary types, think again.  Families and young readers will have oodles of fun options to choose from this weekend, when the festival takes over the State Capitol and surrounding areas on October 27 and 28, 2012. And best of all?  The festival is free!

Make plans to head downtown with the family on Saturday and Sunday, to make hands-on projects in The Children’s Activity Tent, jam to kiddie music in The Children’s Entertainment Tent, and listen to authors reading their books in The Children’s Read Me a Story Tent.  And bring your camera because you never know which characters you may run into while wandering around.

Here are some family friendly highlights to help you plan your visit.

The Children’s Activity Tent, located on Colorado Street between 12th and 13th streets:

  • Austin Dog Alliance, Sat. 10 a.m. and Sun. 11 a.m., kids can meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs from Austin Dog Alliance and create their own book to read to their pet at home.
  • Become a Fashion Designer!, Sat. 11 a.m., kids can learn how to make fun, fabulous outfits with Marjorie Galen, author of The Fashion Designer’s Handbook & Fashion Kit: Learn to Sew and Become a Designer in 33 Fabulous Projects.
  • How to Draw Stuff, Sat. noon, kids will join Scott Sutton, author and illustrator of How to Draw Stuff and The Family of Ree series, to learn 10 simple secrets to making cartoon characters actually look like what they’re trying to draw.
  • Made by You, Sat. 1 p.m., kids can create their own Texas Book Festival souvenir – book making, bookmark decorating, and more.
  • KLRU/PBS Kids Transmedia Demonstration Station, Sat. 2 p.m. and Sun. 12:30 p.m., parents and kids can get to know the latest PBS Kids releases, including educational video, games, and digital storybooks through KLRU’s mobile iPad station.
  • Create a Calavera, Sat. 4 p.m., kids will get ready for Dia de los Muertos by coloring or crafting their own paper calavera.
  • Animals, Animals, Animals!, Sun. 2 p.m., kids can learn from their favorite children’s authors how to draw some of the most vibrant animals being published in picture books today.

The Children’s Entertainment Tent, located on West Capitol Driveway near Colorado Street:

  • Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Sat. 10 a.m., puppeteer, painter, graphic artist, costume designer, and book illustrator Ellen Turner Scott amazes with the art of puppetry.
  • Joe McDermott, Sat. 11 a.m., “the maestro of imagination” performs his critically acclaimed children’s music.
  • Brain Quest, Sat. noon and Sun. 2 p.m., kids will have the chance to flaunt their smarts by answering questions in a quiz show setting on stage.
  • Circus Chicken Dog, Sat. 2 p.m., nationally recognized dog trainer and party entertainer, Dan Peterson, enchants audiences with his dogs’ unique tricks.
  • The Biscuit Brothers, Sat. 3 p.m., the hosts of the EMMY Award-winning PBS kids’ music and education program will capture all that’s best about children’s music.
  • McCallum High School Knights of Steel, Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m., a returning Festival favorite, the steel band entertains with its musical stylings.
  • Kent Cummins, Sun. 11 a.m., magician, juggler, puppeteer, teacher and writer Cummins puts on an unforgettable show that’s sure to entertain audience members of any age.
  • Walter Tragert, Sun. noon, singer/songwriter Tragert performs hits from his children’s music album, Rough Day in the Sandbox.
  • Chautauqua, with Joaquin Hancock, Family, and Friends, Sun. 1 p.m., a fun, interactive show that explores the realms of play, song, dance, and waking life including songs passed down through generations and works still coming into being.
  • Todd Simpson, Sun. 2 p.m., a young man who takes children on a musical journey, teaching them that it is okay to be different.
  • Mr. Johnny and Sharon, Sun. 4 p.m.

The Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, located at 13th and Colorado streets:

  • Duncan Tonatiuh, Sat. 10:00 a.m., Diego Rivera: His World and Ours tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
  • Bob Shea, Sat. 10:30 a.m., Dinosaur vs. Santa presents a fun and imaginative take on the Christmas season.
  • Loren Long, Sat. 11 a.m., Long is a two-time Golden Kite award winner and New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator and author.
  • Chris Gall, Sat. 11:30 a.m., award-winning author teaches the Dinotrux a lesson in Revenge of the Dinotrux.
  • Don Tate & R. Gregory Christie, Sat. noon, It Jes Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, a historical look at one of the foremost self-taught artists in America.
  • Andrea White, Sat. 12:30 p.m., The Very Long Life of Alice’s Playhouse: A Survivor’s Story tells the enchanting true story of a 118-year-old playhouse in Houston’s Sam Houston Park.
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  • Peter Brown, Sat. 1:00 p.m., Creepy Carrots is a clever tale about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
  • Adriana Pacheco, Sat. 1:30 p.m., The Pedro & Margarita Collection of Bilingual Children’s Books, for ages 5-8, is great for young speakers of Spanish and English alike.
  • Tejas Star Award winner James Luna, Sat. 2 p.m., the bilingual book The Runaway Piggy/El cochinito fugitive, which won the Tejas Star Book Award, starts with a gingerbread piggy cookie leaping off the baking tray to take the reader on a mad dash through the barrio and only gets more exciting from there.
  • Liz Garton Scanlon, Sat. 2:30 p.m., Think Big features five friends and a cat who use their imaginations to dream up their future selves in this rhyming adventure.
  • Bluebonnet Master List Announcement Party, Sat. 3 p.m., be the first to find out what’s on the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Master List.
  • Kelly Bennett, Sat. 3:30 p.m., One Day I Went Rambling uses imagination to transform common objects into treasures and creates a secret project that piques the protagonist’s friends’ curiosity.
  • Philip Yates, Sun. 11 a.m., the familiar sounds of the Twelve Days of Christmas are turned on their head by a motley band of pirates in Philip Yates’ new picture book, A Pirate’s Twelve Day’s of Christmas.
  • Jon Klassen, Sun. 11:30 a.m., This is Not My Hat is the tale of a wide-eyed small fish who found the perfect hat, which belongs to a much larger and hungrier fish.
  • Tad Hills, Sun. noon, Rocket Writes a Story follows the adventures from the New York Times bestseller How Rocket Learned to Read with bright, painterly illustrations in oils and colored pencil.
  • Rob Scotton, Sun. 1 p.m., Splat the Cat: Splat Says Thank You! will leave Splat fans thankful to know this cat-and-mouse duo.
  • Barney Saltzberg, Sun. 1:30 p.m., Arlo Needs Glasses and Andrew Drew and Drew take a fact of life faced by some kids and turn it into a fun, interactive story with pull-out tabs and folding illustrations.
  • Gwendolyn Zepeda, Sun. 2 p.m., Level Up/Paso De Nivel is a bilingual story about learning how to drop the bad habits and instead “level up” in life.
  • Cherie Colburn, Sun. 2:30 p.m., Bloomin’ Tales: Legends of Seven Favorite Texas Wildflowers enthralls children of all ages as the history of both plants and people are brought to life with exiting tales passed down through the years.
  • Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann, Sun. 3:00 p.m., Oh No! is an irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators – Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann – and feels like a classic-in-the-making.

Children’s sessions in the Family Life Center, located at 1300 Lavaca:

Class Acts with Tim Green, Adam Rex, and Jon Scieszka
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10 – 11 a.m.

This fall, the biggest names and freshest voices in middle-grade lit are touring the country in a competition to win the title of “Best in Class.” Join 3 stellar and hilarious authors for this interactive event, where kids will compete to win their author the coveted title in the Class Act Challenge.

Lines That Make You Laugh with Tad Hills, Barney Saltzberg, Rob Scotton, and Philip Yates
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The pictures within a children’s book alone are not what fully engages a child; the connection is made from the very first words he or she reads. In this panel, we have asked several authors to reveal the artistry behind the witty and heartwarming lines that their young readers love.

Ivy and Bean Make the Rules with Ivy and Bean writer Annie Barrows
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1- 1:45 p.m.

Author Annie Barrows keeps on writing about the fun, charming, and sometimes downright silly adventures of best friends Ivy and Bean. In Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, both characters are at their imaginative best. Bean’s older sister, Nancy, is going to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, and Bean isn’t old enough to go. So Bean and Ivy decide to make their own better camp: Camp Flaming Arrow, where counselors Ivy and Bean will give a whole new meaning to Crafts, Music, First Aid, and hands-on learning! Annie Barrows is the author of several books for adult and children, including nine books in the award-winning Ivy and Bean series.

Captain Underpants!
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)

Hold on to your underpants: it’s time for a new Captain Underpants adventure! In the most time-travelingiest comic yet, George and Harold travel back in time to kindergarten. But how will they defeat bully Kipper Krupp when Captain Underpants won’t be invented until the 4th grade? Join some of the Festival’s writers as we celebrate Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers. I read on Facebook that capes will be given away at this session! Captain Underpants writer Dav Pilkey will be signing his books in the Children’s Signing Tent on Colorado St. (at 13th Street) after this event ends.

Children’s Session in the Capitol Extension, Room E2.012:

Lunch Ladies, Mummies & Class Clowns with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, James Luna, and Kirk Scroggs
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10- 11 a.m.

Young readers 8-12 years old will be captivated by these wonderfully delirious tales of school hijinks. James Luna’s A Mummy in Her Backpack/Una Momia en su mochila follows Flor’s attempts to protect and then return the walking, talking mummy that came home from vacation with her. Jarret Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady graphic novels series continues with Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril. And Kirk Scroggs continues the Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet. Filled with delightful illustrations, these books will leave kids clamoring for more.

For the entire children’s authors, events, and activities lineup, please view the schedule on the Texas Book Festival website.  Also, be sure to check out where to park for free!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info] Heidi Gollub loves exploring Austin and beyond with her 4 kids. For more local adventures for families, visit her site Free Fun in Austin. [/author_info] [/author]

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