ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Fairytale Town

Free Admission

Join Fairytale Town for the 17th 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.

Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie, will headline this year’s two-day Festival! Finding Winnie is the New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Medal winning true story of Harry Colebourn, a Canadian soldier heading overseas in World War I, who followed his heart and rescued a baby bear, naming her Winnie—the bear that became Winnie-the-Pooh. Lindsay is Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter.

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: Adults must be accompanied by children and children must be accompanied by adults in order to gain admittance to the park.

Featured Authors & Illustrators

Schedule subject to change.

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Lindsay Mattick • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear • Sat 11:30AM, 3PM & Sun 12PM, 3PM
Finding Winnie tells the remarkable true story of Harry Colebourn, a Canadian soldier heading overseas in World War I, who followed his heart and rescued a baby bear, naming her Winnie—the bear that became Winnie-the-Pooh.

JaNay Brown-WoodGrandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story • Sun 12:30PM
A sweet, rhyming counting book introducing young readers to numbers one through fifteen as Grandma’s family and friends fill her tiny house on Brown Street. But when the walls begin to bulge and nobody has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do.

Rita CampbellEmberlina Sprite-a-Light • Sun 10:30AM
In this rhyming picture book, Emberlina is a fairy with a magical wand that lights up the fireflies, mushrooms, glow worms, mosses, and more in the woodlands. The book comes with a solar mushroom fairy house for your garden.

Linda Champion & Rose FanteFairy Tales for Life • Sat 10:30AM (Linda) & 11AM (Rose)
Fairy Tales for Life is a collection of 14 original short stories suitable for the entire family offering both entertainment and enlightenment you about the challenges of life.

Brandon ChappellDrew & Boo Adopt Lou & Sue • Sat 2:30PM
Drew and Boo adopt dogs from the local animal shelter. Through simple rhyming, the story aims to reinforce kindness and responsibility when caring for pets, teaching that you can save the life of an animal through adoption and love.

Erin DealeyK is for Kindergarten • Sat 2PM & Sun 11:30AM
Two books in one: A fun, rhymed, alphabet book for Kindergartners getting ready for the big day, and activities book with projects and activities to both entertain and teach.

Sandy Lynne HolmanWe All Have A Heritage • Sun 2 PM
We all Have A Heritage celebrates the things we have in common and our beautiful differences. Everyone has a heritage that should be celebrated and honored. Come travel the world with Montsho.

Catlyn LeGault, Leonie Pickett & Miakoda PludeThe Princess and the Sunflowers • Sat 12:30PM
Inspired by the sunflowers outside her window, Princess Amara wants them to turn towards her.  No matter what she does, the sunflowers look away. In this tale of friendship and discovery, will Amara learn the secret of the sunflowers?

Karen J. MoorePen the Tale, Oogie • Sun 2:30PM
The greatest storyteller in the forest is about to go into hibernation. What will all the animals do without their nightly stories? With touches of Goldilocks, Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington, Oogie’s journey leads him to the place where stories are born.

Elaine RussellAll About Thailand • Sat & Sun 1PM
Follow Mali, a 9-year-old girl from the countryside, and Tawan, an 11-year old boy from Bangkok, as they introduce Thailand: from sports, holidays and folktales, to Thai food and more—all things kids in Thailand love to do.

Karen Sanders-Betts & Hannah HowertonThe Little Lemon that Leapt • Sat 1:30PM
Lionel is a sassy little lemon who leaps from his tree to see the world. On his journey, he meets a quirky cast of characters who are anything but ordinary. Join Lionel as he discovers that weird is wonderful!

Linda Joy SingletonA Cat is Better • Sun 11AM
When a cat and dog are adopted from the shelter, the cat is jealous and tries to prove that cat’s are better. Find out why cats are the purrfect pet in this funny picture book.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Sacramento Bee ● Sierra Health Foundation ● Hall's Window Center ● International Gymnastics Center, Inc.