If you have children over the age of three, then you are probably familiar with this scenario: The weekend is coming. You want something fun to do with the kids, but you also want it to be educational … and it wouldn’t hurt if it was fun for you, too. Well, parents and educators of Bexar County and beyond, the San Antonio Book Festival has you covered!
Kids Will Love Our Festival Authors
Each year SABF draws some of the nation’s best children’s authors and illustrators to San Antonio. Our Holt Family Children’s Reading Tent (for the little ones) features award-winning writers/illustrators like Cynthia Levinson (The Youngest Marcher), Adriana M. García and Xelena González (All Around Us), Lee Byrd (Birdie’s Beauty Parlor), Juana Martinez-Neal (Alma and How She Got Her Name), Don Tate (Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth), Paige Britt (Why Am I Me?), and Bethany Hegedus (Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird).
In addition to author presentations, The Magik Theatre will once again deliver a crowd-pleasing performance on the Holt Family stage; they are planning a captivating, bilingual presentation of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”
Middle graders (kids ages 8-12) have an equally outstanding lineup just for them that includes children’s author superstar Jason Reynolds (Sunny). Kids who love adventure books will enjoy our session featuring Christina Soontornvat (In a Dark Land: A Changelings Story), as well as our “Renegades and Revenge” panel with David Liss (Renegades) and Michael Merschel (Revenge of the Star Survivors). We’re cuckoo for Coco, and we think kids will be, too, with the novels by Angela Cervantes (Coco) and Diana Lopez (Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family). Kids will also delight in hearing all about the fun trouble happening in Crystal Allen‘s (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game) and Jennifer Ziegler‘s (Revenge of the Happy Campers: The Brewster Triplets) books. And Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson (Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today) have lots to teach children about our constitution.
So Much More Than Books!
The fun doesn’t end with the sessions on the schedule. There will be a number of activities throughout the day–organized and carried out by beloved San Antonio organizations. Entertain your kids with these activities:
- Create your own marbled stationery with ARTWORKS
- Dream big doing activities with the DOSEUM, San Antonio’s museum for kids
- Make a mummy book with the SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART
- Tour mini masterpieces with SPAREPARTS STUDIO
- Create folded, paper bookmarks with the SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
- Meet your favorite literary characters with BARNES & NOBLE
- Enjoy a performance of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by MAGIK THEATRE
- Create growing seed necklaces with SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN
- Dance with ballerinas from THE CHILDREN’S BALLET OF SAN ANTONIO
- Snap a photo with super heroes from THE CHAMPIONS OF SAN ANTONIO
- Relax, color, and play bingo with the SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
- Get a free book from LITERACY CARAVAN
- Make your own puppet to star in SAN ANTONIO YOUTH LITERACY‘s Puppet Theatre!
- Build a bird’s nest with the MITCHELL LAKE AUDUBON CENTER
Where to Find the Fun
Upon entering the Festival at one of the three main entrances (Navarro and Augusta Streets, Giraud and Soledad Streets, and the Central Library entrance on Soledad Street), stop by an information booth to collect your SABF program and/or map. There will be signage posted throughout to help steer families toward the children’s area, as well as superheroes from the Champions of San Antonio helping direct traffic.
The children’s area is inside the the Southwest School of Art in the beautiful and intimate McNutt Gardens. The youngest readers will be in the Holt Family Children’s Reading Tent, where the authors present in a gazebo. Middle-grade kids will once again be in the Copper Kitchen of the Southwest School of Art. Book sales and signing are also located in the McNutt Gardens. These venues, combined with Geektown for teens along Augusta and Giraud Streets, form a triangle of entertainment for families bringing kids of all ages to the Book Festival.