The 22nd annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival, presented by Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester.
This year’s theme, “#Read365,” celebrates the career of children’s author Jane Yolen and the publication of her 365th book.
Three venues will offer presentations, workshops and story times throughout the day. Volunteer interpreting services will be provided by students in the ASL/English interpretation program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
In addition to 48 authors and illustrators, the free festival will include an arts and crafts room where children can create book-related crafts, face painting by area college students and free early vision screenings by the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Local authors Linda Sue Park and Vivian Vande Velde will attend alongside first-time authors Barbara Dee, Grace Lin and Carole Boston Weatherford, as well as returning authors Joseph Bruchac, Bruce Coville, Nikki Grimes and Charles Smith Jr.
Festival-To-Go, an outreach program, brings the book festival to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. RACWI members volunteer in Rochester city schools before the festival to help children experience and participate in presentations that focus on writing, illustrating, reading, researching, poetry, songs and storytelling.
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