Saturday, May 20, 2023 | Festivalgoers celebrated reading, art, science, music, and more at the 17th Children's Festival of Reading on World's Fair Park.
Children's Festival aims to get kids pumped up for a summer full of READING and LEARNING! Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
A dream team of staff, volunteers, and community groups come together every year to make the Children's Festival of Reading such a fun family day! Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
The Children's Entrepreneur Market gave local kid makers the opportunity to market and sell their wares. Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
The Festival welcomed many local authors and independent booksellers, like The Bottom, pictured here. Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
Cattywampus Puppet Council introduced children to the art of puppetry with their storytelling antics! Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
Children's book illustrator and author Oge Mora delighted audiences. Photo courtesy of Zelina Photography
Author-illustrator Frank Morrison signs a book for a young fan.
Authors graciously give back to their young fans—inspiring the next generation of storytellers and creators!
Student performers shared their talents with audiences, from dance to opera to theater!
Zoo Knox brought along some animal ambassadors for kids to meet and learn about.
The Children's Festival inspires makers of all sorts—young artists, crafters, musicians, and entrepreneurs!
Families don't just love watching the Parade of Books, they ARE the parade!
Dr. Hazari enlisted an audience volunteer to delight the crowds with science experiments!
All aboard East Tennessee Pediatric Dentistry's Molar Express for a sweet ride!
Way to go, Lyle! This fan of your books enjoyed your new movie!
Even though her dancing mode is "off", this young patron is ready to feel the beat in our Summer Library Club!
The East Tennessee Historical Society brought along some historical objects to share, like first generation (non-smart) cellphones!
Little fans were so excited to meet story characters Pete the Cat, Lyle Crocodile, and Pout-Pout Fish, who all came to life at the Festival!
Lots of hugs are a sure-fire way to bring a smile to Pout-Pout Fish!
When you enjoy a science performance with Dr. Hazari, you're likely to become part of the show!