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The 26th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will take place Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 1p.m. – 4 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia. 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. The event features nationally known bestselling authors/illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious American Library Association awards including the 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 our children. Studies show that children who read outside of their normal school course work excel in all aspects of their lives.
Parents, caregivers and educators from the tristate area are very supportive of the African American Children’s Book Fair. Children who attended in their youth are now bringing their own children. Many have shared how the event opened up the pages of books to them.
The fun-filled afternoon is 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 school libraries. 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 firmly believes that a book opens up a world of opportunites.