May 23, 2008 -
(Knoxville, TN) Knox County Public Library is pleased to present the 4th
annual Children’s Festival of Reading from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 31
in World’s Fair Park. The Festival is a midday frolic with writers, illustrators,
storytellers, ventriloquists, aliens and characters of all sorts.
Set to the theme “Starship Adventures,” the Festival promises to be an
out of this world experience. While there, all attendees, parents, teens, and
toddlers, are encouraged to sign up for one of the Library’s summer reading
This year’s Festival features #1 New York Times best selling author and
illustrator, Mo Willems, best known for his Caldecott Honor picture books
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The American Library
Association bestows the Caldecott Medal on the artist who created the most
distinguished picture book of the year.
The Library is also pleased to host Ruth White, author of Belle Prater’s Boy,
which received the prestigious Newbery Honor for the most distinguished
American children's book published the previous year. Graphic Novelist and
creator of Men In Black, Lowell Cunningham will make a presentation and be
available in the teen area. Cunningham lives in Knoxville and once worked for
the Knox County Public Library.
Other authors include poet Allan Wolf, illustrator Meredith Liddiard, writer
Tere Stouffer, illustrator Robert J. Blake, and naturalist Doris Gove.
NEW THIS YEAR is a Science Lab featuring Mad Science®. Audiences of all ages
should be prepared for hands-on science experiences that are as entertaining
as they are educational. Mad Science® is proud to introduce festival-goers to
a world of discovery while sparking their imaginations.
Giant Alien Puppets will make a rare earthly appearance and parade around the
grounds. All visitors of any terrestrial nature are invited to join in.
Other activities include arts and crafts, storytelling, music, hay rides,
booksellers, over 50 community booths and vendors, food, a romp through the
interactive fountain and a trip up the Sunsphere.
The Children’s Festival of Reading is made possible through the generous
support of its sponsors: Books-A-Million, ORNL Credit Union, Wal-mart,
National Endowment of the Arts, Humanities Tennessee, Friends of the Knox
County Public Library, Tennessee Arts Commission, Downtown Knoxville, Sam’s
Club #6572, Mayfield Dairy, Knoxville News Sentinel, B97.5, WBIR TV10, and
For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit
www.knoxlib.org or call 215-8783.
MORE ABOUT MO WILLEMS
#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known
for his Caldecott Honor picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken
Identity. In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster,
Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee!, Mo
created the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Elephant and Piggie books, a series of
early readers, and published You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons,
an annotated cartoon journal sketched during a year-long voyage around the
world in 1990-91.
The New York Times Book Review called Mo “the biggest new talent to emerge
thus far in the 00's."
Mo began his career as a writer and animator for television, garnering six
Emmy Awards for his writing on Sesame Street. He created Nickelodeon's The
Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City and was headwriter for
Codename: Kids Next Door. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.
MORE ABOUT RUTH WHITE
Ruth White's novel, Belle Prater's Boy, was named a 1997 Newbery Honor Book.
Ms. White and her sisters grew up in the coal-mining town of Whitewood,
Virginia, where they played in the hills and creeks, enjoyed family
read-alouds, and sang every song they heard. Ms. White has been a teacher and
a school librarian in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Other books
by Ms. White include Sweet Creek Holler 1988, Memories of Summer (2000),
Weeping Willow (1992), Buttermilk Hill (2004), Tadpole (2003) and the sequel
to Belle Prater's Boy, The Search for Belle Prater (2005).
MORE ABOUT LOWELL CUNNINGHAM
Lowell Cunningham is the creator and writer of the comic book series Men in
Black, which spawned the 1997 film Men in Black, as well as its 2002 sequel
(Men in Black II) and the animated television program Men in Black: The Series.
Cunningham has also worked with John Hudgens on several popular and
award-winning Star Wars parodies, including Crazy Watto, Darth Vader's Psychic
Hotline, The Jedi Hunter, and Sith Apprentice. A former employee of Knox
County Public Library, he currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.