Fairytale Town Children’s Book Festival a treat for the imagination

By From page B1 | September 13, 2017

Fairytale Town presents the 17th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival Sept. 16 & 17, introducing young children to reading and literature through readings and presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances and hands-on literacy activities.

Lindsay Mattick, author of the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott award-winning children’s book “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” will headline the two-day festival. “Finding Winnie” tells the remarkable true story of Harry Colebourn, a Canadian soldier heading overseas in World War I, who followed his heart and rescued a baby bear, naming her Winnie-the-bear that became Winnie-the-Pooh. For Mattick, the tale is also part of her family history, as she is the great-granddaughter of Colebourn.

“We are delighted to have Lindsay Mattick headline this year’s ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival,” said Kathy Fleming, executive director of Fairytale Town. “Winnie-the-Pooh is beloved by children and adults the world over, and fans will be delighted to learn the true story behind the classic tales.”

The lineup of featured authors and illustrators also includes JaNay Brown-Wood, Rita Campbell, Linda Champion, Brandon Chappell, Erin Dealey, Rose Fante, Sandy Lynne Holman, Hannah Howerton, Catlyn LeGault, Karen J. Moore, Leonie Pickett, Miakoda Plude, Elaine Russell, Karen Sanders-Betts and Linda Joy Singleton. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign books immediately following their presentations and featured books will be available for purchase.

Two storytelling performances will take the stage daily during the festival. Authors and musicians Musical Robot will perform on Saturday and Native American storyteller Kathy Martinez will take the stage on Sunday. Plus, regional literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy and more. The festival will be emceed by Francie Dillon on Saturday and Matthew Gollob on Sunday.

Admission to the festival and Fairytale Town is free to the public thanks to the generous support of ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, Golden 1 Credit Union, Mix96, Now 100.5, KVIE Public Television and Sacramento365.

Event details
What: 17th Annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival
When: Saturday & Sunday, Sep. 16 & 17
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Park Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily (weather permitting)
Cost: Free. Adults must be accompanied by children, and children must be accompanied by adults.
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 808-7462
Email: [email protected]
Website: fairytaletown.org

Kathleen Richards


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