The 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 1-3 PM, at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.
The African American Children’s Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African-American children’s books in the country, with an average yearly attendance of more than 3,500. It features nationally known bestselling authors/illustrators, many of whom have won the prestigious American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award. These authors/illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.
With a reported double-digit illiteracy rate in the region, the success of the African American Children’s Book Fair is due to the fact that we offer the best and the brightest from the multicultural literary community and feature books that enlighten, enrich and empower the children in our community.
Parents, caregivers and educators from the tristate area are very supportive of the African American Children’s Book Fair because they understand that children who read outside of their normal school course work make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.
The fun-filled afternoon will be packed with activities that promote the power and joy of reading. Authors and illustrators will make presentations and sign their books. The Literary Row will distribute book-related promotional materials free of charge. Our Educator’s Book Giveaway will also distribute brand new books to teachers for use in their classrooms and to librarians. In addition there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase.
The African American Children’s Book Fair is a part of the African American Children’s Book Project’s initiative to promote and preserve multicultural children’s literature. The organization is leading a campaign titled PRESERVE A LEGACY, BUY A BOOK. Its goal is to put books back into homes. You can’t tell a child to read at home if there are no books in the home.
The event is sponsored by: PECO, NBC10-Telemundo62, Wells Fargo, Always Best Care Senior Services, Health Partners Foundation, Health Partners Plans, Marian B. Tasco, The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants, Community College of Philadelphia, Comcast, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, Tierney and The African American Children’s Book Project (partial list of sponsors at press time)
Media Partners: WDAS-FM, WUSL-FM and WURD-AM