*The 23rd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will be held on Saturday, February 7. 1:00-3:00PM, at the Community College of Philadelphia, 17th Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA. The event is free and open to the public.
The afternoon is packed with activities that promote the power and joy of reading. Authors and illustrators will make presentations from their books. The Literary Row distributes book related promotional materials free of charges.
Our educator’s book-giveaway also distributes brand new books to teachers and librarian to use in their classrooms. But it is a true fair with a wide selection of affordable literature. This event is also a part of the organization’s “Preserve a Legacy, Buy a Book” initiative to put books back into homes. You can’t tell a child to read at home if there are no books in the home.
The Book Fair started out on a cold frosty day at John Wanamaker Department Store, today is it one of the oldest and largest single day events for African American children’s books in the country. On average over 3,500 people attend.
With a reported double- digit illiteracy rate in the region, our success is due to the fact that we offer the best and the brightest from the multi-cultural literary community – books that enlighten enrich and empower the young citizens in our parents, caregivers, and educators from the tri-state area are very supportive of the event because they understand that children, who read, make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.
Nationally known bestselling authors/illustrators will participate. Many have won the American Library Association Coretta Scott King award. These authors/illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.
The NBC10 Telemundo62 Reading Circle will kick-off the afternoon by giving away brand new books of the authors/illustrators to youth attendee (while supplies last). PECO is hosting a cartoon and crocheting workshops.
All of the workshops will offer hands on opportunities to learn these skills. Participants will also receive a book. The Educators/Parents Book-giveaway is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Comcast, Health Partners Foundation, Health Partners Plan, McDonald’s, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Community College of Philadelphia and The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants are also community partners.
Games, prizes, and literary resources cap off the afternoon that celebrates the joy.