Calling all children, ages 3 to 10, and their families to celebrate - BOOKAMANIA!!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
ChiIL Mama, Du-Jay and Sagezilla have gone to Bookamania every year since the kids were toddlers. Every child gets a free book. There are strolling, storybook characters come to life. Loads of authors are present to do book signings. There are fun, book based crafts to make, and entertainment all day long. Check it out. It's free and fun!
Check out the ghosts of BOOKAMANIAs PAST. Click the year for our photo filled features, right here.
GREAT BOOK BONANZA--GIVE AWAYS AND REVIEWS:
We're all about books and reading. In celebration of Bookamania, this month we'll be featuring a number of book reviews and give aways for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults! So check in at ChiIL Out like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.
Here's what we've got coming up soon.
The ones with asterisks are reviews
& give aways,
Middle Grade Fantasy: Tragonia--The Sunbow Prophecy & The Ember Rune by K.S. Krueger
**American Girl-Lend a Hand:
Girl Sized Ways of Helping Others
**MP3/Book Combos by Kindie Rockstar, Caspar Babypants (Presidents of the United States frontman, Chris Ballew) and his wife, Kate Endle:
The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Peter Pan's NeverWorld by Peter Von Brown(We gave away two signed copies of this one along with NeverWorld T-Shirts, earlier in the year, but absolutely want to add it to our holiday book list, too.)
**Chicken in the Car and
the Car Won't Go--Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens
and Teens by Melisa Wells (2 signed copies)
**This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
**Strawberry Recipes for
Cinderella Ate My Daughter (We gave away 3 copies to readers earlier this year, but this one's fantastic and we want to revisit/repost this right before the holidays. Highly recommended!)
I Want It Now: A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory by the original Veruca Salt
Join us November 19, 2011 for Bookamania! Last year, 4,000+ children and parents came to the Harold Washington Library Center to:
Meet some of your favorite storybook characters:
Pose for a photograph with Arthur or D.W. and great strolling puppets throughout the building.
Talk with authors and illustrators and make crafts related to their books:
Book sales by Sandmeyer's Bookstore in Printers Row.
Enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day:
Jabberwocky Marionettes presents: Urban Animals and Aquatic Tails
Thomas Hughes Children's Library
State Street Entrance
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.