Bookamania, Book Reviews and Give Aways Too

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 Chicago, Illinois

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.





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, too!


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:

  • **Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight (infant to 5)
  • **My Woodland Wish (3 and up)

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 Everyday

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 authors and illustrators
  • See performances
  • Hear storytellers and musicians
  • Create crafts related to books
  • Meet favorite book characters
  • Schedule of 2011 events
  • Join us at the Chicago Public Library for a free celebration of children’s books!

    Meet some of your favorite storybook characters:

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Froggy
  • Maisy
  • Tacky the Penguin
  • Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy
  • Mother Goose
  • The Storybook King and Queen
  • The Library Owl

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:

Auditorium Jabberwocky Marionettes presents: Urban Animals and Aquatic Tails

  • Performances from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Reception Hall

  • Participate in Goodnight Moon Early Literacy Activities with the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Main Stage

  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Master of Ceremonies Chris Fascione
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Linda Gorham, storyteller – Folktales and Fairytales: Fractured, Twisted and Updated with Attitude
  • 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Juggling Funny Stories with Chris Fascione

Thomas Hughes Children’s Library

  • 11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.: Jan’s Clan Puppets
  • 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Lenny Marsh – Rhythm Circle
  • 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.: Jasmin Cardenas – Cuentos Aqui, Bilingual Stories
  • 2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.: Linda Robertson – Monkeys Jumping on the Bed


  • Sean Masterson – Magic Up Close
  • YOUmedia
  • Storybook King and Queen with the Fairytale Guest Book

State Street Entrance

  • Jason Trusty – “Puppet Bike”

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