Children's festival offers stories, music and dancePhoto with permission of Roaring Brook Press This Eric Rohmann illustration is from his Caldecott-winning book, My Friend Rabbit.
Children's author R.L. Stine brings his spooky stories to light for just one of the programs that will give goosebumps to little and big people at the Chicago Children's Humanities Festival.
The 22 programs, a segment of the larger Chicago Humanities Festival, bring together award-winning authors, artists and performers for a series of interactive events designed to challenge the way we look at the arts and the humanities. The Children's Festival is Oct. 25-Nov. 2.
"We're really looking to inspire a love for the humanities and the arts in children," says Chris Swanson, the festival's assistant producer. "If we want lifelong learners, we need to start when they are young and invest in a generation of people who years from now will value what we do and what organizations like ours do."
There are programs for all ages. Amy Axelrod, author of My Last Chance Brother, will present a preschool story time on Oct. 29. Concert pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform for children 8 and up on Oct. 25. Author and storyteller James Bruchac will give a Halloween performance of Native American monster stories for middle and high school students on Oct. 31. And Stine, creator of the Goosebumps book series, will introduce his new book, Dangerous Girls, on Oct. 25.
The Chicago Children's Museum, the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Consulate are teaming up to present the Animation Station! It features six hands-on programs focusing on film animation and includes screenings of cutting-edge children's animated short films on Nov. 1.
Programs are $5 in advance and $6 at the door; students and teachers are free with a reservation. For a schedule and locations, visit www.chfestival.org or call (312) 494-9509.
Space is limited; reservations are recommended.
Another great October festival • 20th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival Oct. 23-Nov. 2 (773) 281-9075; www.cicff.org
-- Lenna Silberman Scott