More than 60 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators have confirmed participation in the first Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF), a grassroots, all-volunteer effort led by local residents. The Festival will take place on October 5, 2013 at Robert Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, N.Y. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free and books will be available for sale.
Families will have the chance to interact with and have books signed by their favorite authors and illustrators, participate in arts and crafts activities, and enjoy food from a local caterer. In addition, the Great American Bake Sale, which supports an end to childhood hunger, will offer desserts for sale, including Pinkalicious cupcakes.
“The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is a celebration of children, families, community, and literacy,” said Dawn Greenburg, a Chappaqua resident, shopkeeper, and one of the event’s volunteer organizers. “Our mission is to encourage, promote and celebrate the joy of reading, while fostering a love of books, stimulating imaginations and opening new worlds to our children. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family, from toddlers to teens.”
The first festival will be dedicated to the memory of Jean Craighead George, a Chappaqua resident until her death in 2012. “It is important for us to honor such a prolific and important Chappaqua writer for our first children’s book festival,” said Greenburg. “At the Festival, we will be displaying many of her books, which express her love and concern for the environment and all living things.”
CCBF will be the only children’s book festival in Westchester County and was inspired by the discontinued Book Day at Sunnyside, after Sunnyside announced the end of their fall event after 15 years.
See the complete list of participating authors
The Robert Bell Middle School is directly across the street from the Chappaqua train station, which is a 50-minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal. The event will take place rain or shine.