Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrate Reading at the Orange County Children's Book Festival September 28th

Barry Ackerman began the Orange County Children's Book Festival with a vision of encouraging literacy and a love of reading in children. During its first year in 2004, 5,000 people attended the festival. Fast forward to 2013 and over 39,000 people are in attendance with even more expected this fall.

As the only children's book festival in all of California, the festival has worked tirelessly to promote literacy in children as well as support children's book authors and book sellers. Their mission is to have a first-class family event that hosts a variety of children's book authors, publishers, and more. This year the event will take place on September 28th and more than 150 authors and illustrators are expected as well as other exhibitors such as Disney Radio and PBS.

There is something for kids of all ages to love at the Orange County Book Festival. A wide variety of the newest selections of books are available for purchase and kids can get their favorites signed by the author. Little kids and their parents can even jump on the trackless train and get driven all around the festival.

Although the purpose of the festival is to celebrate books and reading, there are a whole host of other activities. Kids can get their face painted, get a crazy hairdo, visit the petting area, draw, listen to an author read their book on stage, or watch the various musicians and dancers. This festival has something for everyone to love, so even your most reluctant readers can find something they'll enjoy.

The people behind the OC Book Festival say it is their dream that "every child will be asking over and over 'is it time for the book festival yet?'" 

We truly believe this year is going to be the best one yet and encourage everyone to bring their families to show them the gift of reading and why Barry Ackerman calls it the "secret to a happy and successful life."

OnceKids is incredibly honored and excited to be able to be a part of that mission this year. So stop by and spend some time in the World of Fujimini Island at Booth 50 for a while during your adventure at the festival!

The OC Book Festival takes place Sunday September 28th, 2014 from 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

For more information visit the Orange County Book Festival website

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