Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage features interactive programs for the whole family, with popular local and nationally known authors of books for children and teens.
Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage
Stage: Children's Corridor, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Friday, September 23
Jordan Goodman of Beatwell
Jordan Goodman, a recognized leader in the fields of therapeutic and community drumming, will kick off the weekend with a drum circle.
Felicia Cooper, “The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun"
The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun is a 30-minute puppet show made entirely of repurposed materials to tell the story of a brave girl who swallows the sun in the midst of a town light bulb shortage. The show uses marionettes, hand puppets, and large-scale surprises to weave together heliocentic folklore and storytelling from all over the world.
Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words of James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome
Award-winning illustrator James Ransome and award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome share their combined creative processes in creating books for children.
Velya Jancz-Urban, Whooo Eats What?
Join teacher and author, Velya Jancz-Urban as she shares her most popular hands-on science class for kids (Grades K-5). Students will understand that within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment at this Dissecting Owl Pellets Workshop. As their natural curiosity leads them to explore the natural world, each child will “take” something different from the experience – from an understanding of the food chain and circle-of-life concept to mammal anatomy.
CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth
CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth is a student and teacher-led literary arts magazine and organization founded on the belief that kids’ voices matter. CHARM recently published our third volume, featuring the poetry, artwork, and prose of students throughout Baltimore City public schools. In the past three years, CHARM has published the work of nearly 200 students, ranging from grades 2-12. We are excited to share selected pieces from our most recent magazine at the Baltimore Book Festival!
Dance Dance Revolution Party
Pit your dancing skills against your friends and library staff!
Saturday, September 24
Matthew Swanson, Illustrated by Robbi Behr, Babies Ruin Everything
Author/illustrator, husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr of the new children’s book Babies Ruin Everything, will discuss how they work together to make children’s books, raise kids, and catch salmon in Alaska.
Susan Stockdale, Fabulous Fishes and Bring on the Birds
Award-winning picture book author, Susan Stockdale, presents from Bring On the Birds and Fabulous Fishes in celebration of the Read to Reef partnership with the National Aquarium.
Whose Book is it Anyway?
Come pit your wits against the pens of five wily Middle Grade authors! Audience volunteers will try to decide which book excerpt is real...and which are clever fakes! Each volunteer wins a signed copy. Don't miss this exciting lineup: Brooks Benjamin, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights; Jenn Bishop, The Distance to Home; Bridget Hodder, The Rat Prince; Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary; Erin Teagan, The Friendship Experiment; Moderator: Matthew Winner
Games with YA Authors
Come and play! YA authors team up with audience members for interactive games based on their books. Featuring Karen Fortunati, The Weight of Zero; Kathy MacMillan, Sword and Verse; Lindsey Roth Culli, This Above All; Karen Hattrup, Frannie and Tru; Jan Gangsei, ZERO; Lisa Maxwell, UNHOOKED. Moderated by Paula Willey.
Debbie Kalb, The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat
Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this tale of a boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. Find out what happens when Sam's class takes a trip to Mt. Vernon, where he buys a bossy three-cornered hat that sweeps him off to the eighteenth century and a friendship with George Washington. As Sam travels back and forth in time, he learns about history, himself, and friendship.
Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens
National Book Award nominee and William C. Morris Award winner Becky Albertalli reads from her novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Sunday, September 25
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland as we celebrate our latest original exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup Jews and Medicine in America. Inspired by grandma’s favorite chicken soup, we invite families to create your own magical bowl of healing soup; perhaps just what the doctor ordered or maybe something a little more unusual!
Kelly Starling Lyons, One More Dino on the Floor
Kelly Starling Lyons, children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery, will perform interactive readings from One Million Men and Me and One More Dino on the Floor.
Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat
Monica Hesse presents from her unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in the impossible times of WWII, Girl in the Blue Coat.
Book Club for Kids tackles Bees on the Roof by Robbie Shell
Students from Girlfriends Book Club, a stress-free social group for girls which encourages reading, vocabulary expansion, comprehension skills, and confidence in a fun environment, discuss Robbie Shell’s novel, Bees on the Roof, with Book Club for Kids host Kitty Felde.
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