On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 12:00-5:00 p.m., the Anderson Center, along with the Red Wing Public Library and Mackin Educational Resources, will host the 15th Annual Celebration of Minnesota Children’s Authors and Illustrators, the state’s premier children’s book festival and one that has received national acclaim for its efforts to promote literacy and the joys of reading among young people.
This year’s event features many of Minnesota’s finest, award-winning authors and illustrators, including Eileen Beha, Lisa Bullard, John Coy, Sharon M. Draper, Brian Farrey, Mark Fearing, Michael Hall, Chris Monroe, Jake Parker, Chris Raschka, Stephen Shaskan, Joyce Sidman, Erin Soderber, Lauren Stringer, Catherine Thimmesh, Mike Wohnoutka, and Douglas Wood.
The event will offer book sales by Mackin Educational Resources, book signings and readings by authors, power point presentations and talks by illustrators, and bookmaking workshops for both children and parents. The Kerlan Collection, one of the finest children’s literature research libraries in the country, will offer displays of rare manuscripts and illustrations. In addition, there will be a gallery exhibition of children’s illustrations for sale.
Also appearing will be the ever-popular balloon-artist Barbara Jazee, Minnesota marble champion Tom Fletcher, and stilts with Barebones Puppet Company. Other features include storytelling sessions with the Wonder Weavers storytellers at the top of the iconic Tower View water tower, peach basket basketball with John Coy and the Red Wing YMCA, music with Jack Pearson, “Magnetic Poetry” with Dave Kapell, Paper Artists Mary Holland and Nancy Mambi, workshops with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, and fun-filled family activities with Picture Window Books, Red Wing Arts Association, ArtReach, and many other local and regional organizations. Special appearances will be made by Beatrix Potter and Maud Hart Lovelace.
Lunch, ice cream, and other refreshments will be available in the Café. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please call the Center at (651) 388-2009 or visit the Center’s website at www.andersoncenter.org.