Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22
10 AM – 4 PM
Join Fairytale Town for the 19th 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.
Eric Litwin, the bestselling author of the original four Pete the Cat books, The Nuts and Groovy Joe, will headline this year’s Festival! Eric’s books have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.
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.
- The ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival is Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 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.
Featured Authors & Illustrators
Pete the Cat, Groovy Joe, & The Nuts
Sat & Sun 11:30 AM, 1:30 & 3 PM
Pete the Cat, Groovy Joe, & The Nuts are all fun interactive stories that incorporate music that’ll have you singing along and dancing! Eric Litwin’s book series have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards. Eric Litwin will be performing the series of books for everyone to enjoy and singalong.
More Fairy Tales for Life
Sun 2 PM
More Fairy Tales for Life is a collection of 20 original short stories suitable for the entire family reading offering both entertainment and enlightenment you about the challenges of life.
Snow Globe Wishes
Sat 2:30 PM
A girl wishes on a snow globe for the worst snowstorm of the year. What if, one magical day, families shake off their busy lives, and everyone goes out to play? This is lyrical holiday story about inclusion, community — and snow!
From Chewing to Pooing
Sat 2 PM
A light-hearted explanation of digestion. From Chewing to Pooing reassures anxious little ones and helps all kids better understand this important body function. Featuring illustrations by award-winning artist Maile McCarthy and doctor-approved tips for healthy digestion.
Ten Oni Drummers • Diez tamborileros oni
This spirited bedtime story introduces taiko drums, goblins and the Japanese numbers 1-10. (Inspired by the author’s years in Japan!) Bilingual bonus: the rhyming narration is presented in English and Spanish!
Rox & Pax by Elena Grant
Sat 1 PM
Rox and Pax aspire to be like their mom, a teacher, and dad, an astronaut. Conflict arises when Pax tells Rox he’s not a girl so he can’t be a teacher, and Rox tells Pax she’s not a boy so she can’t be an astronaut. The twins are overjoyed when their dad corrects their misconception and lets them know boys and girls can do any job!
Crane & Crane
Sun 12 PM
A sandhill crane lifts a stick. A construction crane lifts a log. The cranes work through bad weather to build a home for a new family. The simple sequence of verbs show how the mechanical world mirrors the natural world.
The Forest in the Trees
Sat 12:30 PM
What’s in the tops of Earth’s tallest trees? Vibrant illustrations, verse, and sidebar facts reveal the lofty hidden world of the iconic coastal redwood canopy—a “green ocean” filled with unexpected plants and animals few human eyes ever see.
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.
My Night in the Planetarium
Sat 11 AM
Seven-year-old Innosanto spends an exciting night with his mom sleeping under the stars in the Jakarta Planetarium. This modern Indonesian children’s tale introduces the history and culture of Indonesia, while also discussing colonialism, revolution, how power corrupts, and how through art and solidarity liberation can be won.
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!
The Bunny Poet
Sun 1 PM
Percy and Bonny pack their lunch for a trip to the meadow. Percy brings his journal so he can write a poem along the way. Bonny wants to write one too, but she’s not sure how. Can Percy help? Share Bonny’s joy as she discovers how fun it is to write a poem.
Kate & Cici Build A Sandcastle
Sat 10:30 AM
What goes into building the world’s best sandcastle? On Kate’s serious quest to build the perfect sandcastle, she meets Cici, who oozes creativity and is willing to offer a helping hand…if Kate is willing to take it.