A book has the tremendous power to open up a world of opportunities. While this statement holds true for everyone, it is particularly relevant for children. An unwavering commitment to this belief is what drives the African American Children’s Book Project. This organization’s initiative is to both promote and preserve multicultural children’s literature. They will host the 28th annual African American Children’s Book Fair Saturday, February 1st from 1 pm. to 4 p.m.
The tristate area currently reports a double-digit illiteracy rate. This event is a step in the right direction to remedy that statistic. Reading isn’t just important for kids as it relates to their schoolwork. The ability for children to read improves their imagination and creativity, often leading to positivity in many other aspects of their lives. Books highlighted at this event have the power to enlighten, enrich, and empower our children.
This book fair has the distinction of being both one of the oldest and largest single-day celebrations for African American children’s books in the country. Featured at the event will be bestselling authors and illustrators of national prestige. Many of these authors/illustrations have been recipients of American Library Association awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award which recognizes the most distinguished portrayal of African American experience in literature for children or teens. Find a complete list of authors and illustrators attending this event here.
All activities at this book fair aim to publicize the power and joy of reading. While there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase, their Educator’s Book Giveaway will be distributing brand new books for teachers to use in their classrooms and libraries. Additionally, the Literary Row will disseminate book-related promotional materials for no cost. Also, make sure not to miss the featured authors and illustrators making presentations and signing their books.
This event is being held at the Community College of Philadelphia (located at 17th and Spring Garden Street) and is both free and open to the public. With an average yearly attendance of more than 3,500, come join the crowd and show your support for a great cause!
For more information, visit theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org or call (215)-878-BOOK.