If you have a kid that loves to read or a budding artist in your family, so ahead and mark your calendar for the second annual Blast Off Book Festival on Saturday, March 7 at the Madison Public Library. New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka, will be the guest speaker at this free event aimed for children of all ages.
About the Author
Chances are good that your kids are already familiar with Jarrett’s work. He’s written and illustrated everything from picture books for preschoolers, to chapter books for elementary students, Star Wars Academy graphic novels, and his latest autobiography for young adults, Hey, Kiddo.
Or maybe you know about Krosoczka’s TED Talk on how lunch ladies are super heroes.
About the Blast Off Book Festival
Sarah Sledge, the Madison Public Library’s branch manager and festival organizer, says that opportunities to meet authors face to face is exciting for children and help inspire not only a love of literacy, but a love for the arts. “Somewhere out there in the audience is a child who may want to be an author when they grow up and they will remember this event – that is our hope.”
This event is sponsored by the Huntsville Library Foundation, the Madison City School District and the Madison Friends of the Library. Second, third and sixth grade students in the Madison City School system will have a chance to see Jarrett Krosoczka on Friday, March 6 at the Bob Jones High School Auditorium through a school-sponsored field trip.
Last year, in its debut, the Blast Off Book Festival hosted famed Arthur creator Marc Brown. Over 2,000 children were able to attend the three sessions over a two-day period. “We want to be able to expand it in the coming years into Huntsville and the surrounding communities,” says Sledge.
Blast Off Book Fest Details
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM (doors open at 10 AM)
Where: Madison Public Library (map)
Cost: FREE – limited to first 350 people
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