When book collectors and bibliophiles of all stripes descend on
historic Printers Row this weekend, the event's organizers are
hoping to instill that same love of literature in Chicago's younger
The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest will again include a
Little Lit Stage, hosted by Chicago's own Storybook Mom, Nili
Yelin, who says the annual fest is her favorite event of the
"Everywhere you look, it's just books, books, books, and it's so
accessible for kids," she says. "I get to meet all these authors
whose works I adore and I get to watch kids appreciate
The Little Lit Stage is sponsored by Broadway in Chicago's
"Peter Pan," and includes a star-studded lineup in the world of
Headlining the stage is Justin Roberts, who will perform two
shows each day (Saturday at 10:30 and 3:30, Sunday at 11:45 and
2:45). Roberts has already played to sold-out crowds in Chicago
this year, and Liyen says he's always the biggest draw, so stake
out a spot early.
The entertainment begins Saturday at 10:30 with the Peter Pan
pirate band, joined by Lyle, Lyle Crocodile from in costume. Other
highlights include readings from Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(www.whoisamy.com), a Chicago resident and New York
Times bestselling children's author (Little Pea, LIttle Hoot,
Little Oink series), and Adam Rubin, author of "Those Darn
"You really can have contact with the performers and the
authors," Liyen says. "Most of them sit down right near the crowd
and want to be right there with the kids."
Find a full schedule of events at the event's website.
Rumor has it Mayor Rahm Emanuel may make a surprise visit for
the "Chicago's Largest Read" event, Saturday at 1:30, when the
entire festival takes a book break.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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