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) has featured award-winning writers/illustrators such as 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 once again delivered a crowd-pleasing bilingual performance of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” on the Holt Family stage.
Middle graders (kids ages 8-12) had an equally outstanding lineup just for them that included children’s author superstar Jason Reynolds (Sunny). Kids who love adventure books enjoyed 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 were cuckoo for Coco in 2018, so we featured authors Angela Cervantes (Coco) and Diana Lopez (Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family). Kids were also delighted to hear all about the 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) had lots to teach children about our constitution.
So Much More Than Books!
The fun doesn’t end with the sessions on the schedule. There were a number of activities throughout the day during the 2018 Festival–organized and carried out by beloved San Antonio organizations. Kids were entertained all day 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
- Discover safe travel tips on the VIA eXplore bus!
- Listen to audiobooks and get digitally connected on the BiblioTech and SAISD Rolling Readers bus!
Where to Find the Fun in 2019
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 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.