ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival


Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Fairytale Town

10 AM – 4 PM
Free Admission

Join Fairytale Town for the 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region! Enjoy back-to-back readings and presentations from authors and illustrators on the Mother Goose Stage, then shop at our official bookseller, Time Tested Books booth, to purchase your favorite story. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign books immediately following their presentations.

LauraNumeroff_150pxLaura Numeroff, bestselling author of the classic children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, will headline the two-day Festival.

The festival also features storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a Scholastic book fair and more! Plus literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy programs offered in the region.

Admission to this two-day festival is Free thanks to the generous support of ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

Please Note: On Saturday September 26 the stage schedule will be sign language interpreted.

Featured Authors & Illustrators

Laura Numeroff
Presenting: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Time: Sat 11:30AM, 3PM & Sun 12PM, 3PM
If a hungry little mouse shows up, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, that mouse might take you on a whirlwind adventure where you never know what will happen next!


Melissa Abramovitz

Helping Herbie Hedgehog
Time: Sun 10:15AM
Kids will delight in helping Herbie get places, shop, do chores, play sports, and navigate other everyday activities. Should Herbie ride his bicycle to cross the ocean? Will his TV set cook a meal? Yikes, he needs these kids’ help!


Jen Barton

Presenting: If Chocolate Were Purple
Time: Sat 1PM
When chocolate is purple and things turn topsy turvy, one thing your little one can count on is your love. Full of delightful rhymes and whimsical imagery this fun bedtime story will warm hearts and ignite imaginations.


JaNay Brown-Wood

Presenting: Imani’s Moon
Time: Sat 2:30PM & Sun 11AM
Imani is a young Maasai girl with a loving mother and a desire to do something great. When she decides she wants to touch the moon, she works hard to reach her goal, even in the face of teasing from the naysayers around her.


Janet Ann Collins

Presenting: Slime & All
Time: Sat 10:15AM
The other farm animals all run away from Lump, the giant, talking worm. Lump escapes to town and meets a boy who helps him make friends. This 2nd grade reading level chapter book can help kids accept people with differences.


Kate David

Presenting: McKay and the Magical Hat
Time: Sat 2PM & Sun 10:30AM
As the reader begins the imaginative journey in McKay and the Magical Hat, they explore just some careers little girls dream to have. What will McKay decide to be when she grows up?


Erin Dealey

Presenting: Deck the Walls
Time: Sun 2PM
Deck The Walls takes the classic carol and turns it on its head. In this riotous, raucous rendition of a family meal gone hilariously awry, you’ll find food hockey, vegetable sculptures, crashing dishes and grown-ups wondering what has gone wrong.


Andy Domek & Stephen Green

Presenting: Our Garden
Time: Sat 10:30AM & Sun 2:30PM
Our Garden lets readers experience the entire arc of a summer gardening season, where loyal garden dog Snuffles covers himself in compost, stinky shoes keep raccoons away and Scarecrow Bob proves quite unsuccessful at scaring crows.


Sammy Ginni

Presenting: Mario’s House
Time: Sun 1PM
Charming forest characters learn valuable lessons of kindness and sharing. Captivating and detailed illustrations capture the changes in the forest from spring through winter and will delight readers as they are taken through the seasons.


Tim McCanna

Presenting: Teeny Tiny Trucks
Time: Sat 1:30PM & Sun 11:30AM
Teeny Tiny Trucks hits the road with a convoy of micro-sized rigs as they trek through a garden, down a grassy landscape, across a stretch of sidewalk and beyond. Will they deliver their teeny tiny cargo in time?


Musical Robot (Jason Adair & Scott Namanny)

Presenting: If You’re a Robot and You Know It
Time: Sat 12 PM & Sun 1:30PM
It’s the classic song as you’ve never seen (or heard!) it before. Sing along to the free downloadable song as you turn the pages of this pop-up book showing the robot characters going through all of the call-out movements.


Michael Slack

Presenting: Wazdot?
Time: Sat 11AM
Blip and his Zot spot a dot, spinning in the sky. Zot, wazzzzzdot? Earth! What will Blip and his Zot find there? Fall in love with Blip and his antics as he sets out to discover all the mystifying sights and sounds of Earth.


Participating Community Literacy & Arts Organizations

Get early childhood literacy resources and information from the following community organizations:
916 Ink • Cleverkick • Discovery Museum Science & Space Center • Friends of the Sacramento Public Library • KVIE Public Television** • La Familia Counseling Center • MatrixArts/ArtWorks at the Library • Reading Partners • River Oak Center for Children’s Birth & Beyond Family • Resource Center • Sacramento Braille Transcribers • Sacramento Public Library’s Bookmobile* • Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club • SETA Head Start
*Saturday Only **Sunday Only

Thank You to Our Sponsors

RCA Community Fund • Hall's Window Center