THE JUNIOR LEAGUE WILL BE HOSTING ITS ANNUAL WORLD OF READING FESTIVAL IN BARNETT PARK SATURDAY, APRIL 13 FROM 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT OPEN TO ALL FAMILIES AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!
“Where will reading take you?” is the continued theme and spotlight book tents will be focused on the setting or topic of the books. The tents will endeavor to make its featured story come alive. The books featured will include:
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Each tent will feature a craft for the children to create and take home with them. Once each child has completed the tent activity and received a stamp on their passport, they will select a book (first come first serve) from the Spotlight Book Tent of their favorite book of the four tents and then also will select an AR book from the Junior League book area to take home for free! Children’s musical guru, Jack Hartmann, will perform at the event, along with face painting and balloon artists for even more family fun.
“This event has the most profound affect on children. It’s one thing to read a book, but it’s another to meet a real, live author and learn what goes into writing a book! It plants a “can-do” seed in a child’s head.” said Mandy Middleton, the event chair. “We are so very proud to present this event to our community. Anything that promotes a love of reading is a step in the right direction!”
In addition to the activities and spotlight tent book giveaways, there will be two featured authors autographing and facilitating meet and greets at the event. Dr. John Becker, known for his books Maggie the Talented Mouse and Mugambi’s Journey, and Marisa Carbone Finotti, who wrote The Treasure of Amelia Island and Paintbrushes and Arrows, will be signing books and giving away free copies of their books to the first 700 participants! They will also each be reading from their books twice during the event.
Save the date for the 2019 event on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Contact the World of Reading Committee if you have any questions.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, Inc. of Lake Wales, Florida.