Albany Children’s Book Festival

The Albany Academies is hosting the Fourth Annual Albany Childrens’ Book Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

The Albany Children’s Book Festival — now in its fourth year — was inspired by noted Childrens Author Daniel Mahoney who participated in other festivals throughout New York State and wanted to bring a similar concept to the Capital Region. His idea was to offer a Book Festival that would be free and open to all children of the Greater Capital Region, providing them with the opportunity to meet many distinguished authors and illustrators.

The Mission of the Albany Children’s Book Festival is to nurture literacy in school-aged children.  We aim to encourage, promote, and celebrate the joy of reading, while fostering a love of books, stimulating imaginations, and opening new worlds to them.

Our Vision is to become the premier literacy event in the Albany area. We hope to continue to grow and develop into a community event that inspires the region’s children to read, write, and explore the world of books.  It is our belief that every child, in every community should have access to books to explore, learn from, and to trigger their imaginations.

The event promises to be better than ever! We are honored to welcome 70 highly talented and accomplished children’s authors and illustrators to the festival. Each one is approachable, glad to share a moment or two talking about the process of creating their books, reflecting on the experiences that shaped them, pointing out special features in them, or simply listening to your reactions to them.

Listen to Ruth Pelham of The Music Mobile; watch Mike Maybee as he juggles an amazing assortment of items. See the Tulip Queen help dramatize a story or march in the storybook parade dressed as a favorite storybook character. Visit Bette’s Cupcake truck for a snack or Dave’s Wood Fired Pizza truck for lunch.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful event. For more information, please contact Ann Wendth at 518.429.2385 or email wendtha@albanyacademies.org.