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ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, September 29th @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822 United States
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Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30
10 AM – 4 PM
Free Admission

Join Fairytale Town for the 18th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region! Enjoy back-to-back readings and presentations from featured 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.

Steve Antony, author and illustrator of the Mr. Panda series of books, will headline this year’s Festival! Everyone’s favorite panda teaches manners and life lessons with wit and style. The much-loved Mr. Panda has taken the children’s book world by storm, selling over 600,000 copies to date. Learn more about Steve in our Q&A interview.

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.

**UPDATE: The bookseller has sold out of the Mr. Panda books.

Please note:

  • The ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival is Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Adults must be accompanied by children and children must be accompanied by adults in order to gain admittance to the park.
  • Both days of the Festival will be ASL interpreted.

Download the Festival Program

Featured Authors & Illustrators

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Steve Antony
Mr. Panda Series
Sat & Sun 11:30 AM, 1:30 & 3 PM
Everyone’s favorite panda teaches manners and life lessons with wit and style! Steve Antony’s much-loved Mr. Panda has taken the children’s book world by storm, selling over 600,000 copies to date. Steve will read a selection of books from the Mr. Panda series during each presentation.

Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle
LaDonna Plays Hoops
Sat 2 PM
LaDonna Plays Hoops is an “own-voices” story of a young, African-American girl who goes to visit her grandma for a family reunion, tries to become the family hoops star, and wonders if she has the skill and the will.

Linda Champion
Fairy Tales for Life
Sat 12:30 PM
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.

Deb Gruelle
Ten Little Night Stars
Sat 11 AM & Sun 1 PM
Ten Little Night Stars, a sweet bedtime book for the youngest readers, counts each star that comes out in the night sky while cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines, preparing children to drift off to sleep.

Sarah Kesty
Everyone Has Something
Sun 10:30 AM
Whether it’s a physical, emotional, or situational challenge, everyone has something! This uplifting children’s book celebrates the struggles we share and the journeys to overcome them. Readers will feel connected and inspired, with a new perspective on themselves and others.

Orlando Molina
Rhymosaurs: Brush Your Teeth Rex
Sun 2:30 PM
Part of the children’s book series “Rhymosaurs,” Brush Your Teeth Rex follows the story of Tommy Rex, who has short T-Rex arms and needs to find a proper way to brush his teeth and keep his mouth clean.

Lori Mortensen
If Wendell Had a Walrus
Sat 2:30 PM
In this heartwarming story about friendship and imagination, a boy named Wendell dreams of getting a pet walrus. If only he could find one! But looking for a walrus turns out to be its own adventure, one with an unexpected result.

Rae Rankin
Cowgirl Lessons
Sun 12:30 PM
Cowgirl Lessons is a charming story celebrating the bond between children and horses. Told from the point of view of a young girl, Cowgirl Lessons is perfect for your favorite bookworm or cowgirl!

Joanna Rowland
The Memory Box on Sat 10:30 AM
The Monstructor on Sun 12 PM
The Memory Box A Book About Grief: A child creates a memory box to keep memories of a loved one, to help in the grieving process. The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of anyone. This book helps children and adults talk about grief together.
The Monstructor: Naughty Monsters. Have they forgot? To learn their manners they must be taught. Little monsters are acting like humans at school. Oh no! Their teacher gets the Monstructor to come in a save the day.

Brian Wallace
Daisy and the Dirty Dozen
Sun 2 PM
Daisy and the Dirty Dozen is the true story of a mother duck and her 12 ducklings that hatched and lived in the Wallace family backyard last spring. It’s a heartwarming story about respecting wildlife and embracing the unexpected.

Linda Whalen
Little Red Rolls Away
Sat 1 PM
A little red barn goes on an adventure while being relocated to a new home, where old friends and new friends await his arrival. An entertaining story for all and a reassuring one for readers facing change.

Featured Storytellers & Emcees

Delta Pick Mello
Storyteller: Sat 12 & 3:30 PM
Local Storyteller Delta Pick Mello specializes in sharing the magic of fairytales, folktales, and fables found in children’s books and literature. Delta will delight children and adults alike with her presentation of “Happily Ever After…. With a Twist!”

Matthew Gollub
Emcee: Saturday
Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children’s author, speaker, and performer. He has created 18 picture books which together have garnered 25 national awards and distinctions. His musical narrations accompany some of his most popular books including, The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. Matthew will emcee the Festival on Saturday and present his book, Gobble, Quack, Moon, at 10 AM on Saturday.

Musical Robot
Storyteller: Sun 11 AM & 3:30 PM
Musical Robot is Jason Adair and Scott Namanny, an energetic duo of lifelong friends who get audiences grooving with participatory songs. They like to inspire kids to use every muscle, including the most important one: their imagination. Their book, If You’re a Robot and You Know It,” is the classic song as you’ve never seen (or heard!) it before.

John Lee
Emcee: Sunday
John Lee is Fairytale Town’s resident theatre arts educator and the director of the Fairytale Town Troupers program. John is an award-winning local playwright, director, and actor.

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