Minnesota Children's Book Festival

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Anderson Center at Tower View
Red Wing, MN 55066


The Anderson Center is proud to present the 22nd annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival, featuring presentations of new books by eight award-winning children’s & young adult authors and illustrators: Kao Kalia Yang, Magdalena Mora, Molly Beth Griffin, David LaRochelle, Mike Whonoutka, Jacqueline West, Mélina Mangal and Denise Lajimodiere.

Taking place Saturday, September 18, 2021 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Center’s beautiful, historic Tower View campus, the Children's Book Festival is an ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn and play.This year's titles present various narratives around the natural world, skill-building, and diverse perspectives that help kids, as well as their adults, understand each other and the world around them. Purchasing titles online through The Anderson Center page on Bookshop supports both independent bookstores and the organization: https://bookshop.org/lists/2021-mn-childrens-book-festival.

Throughout the afternoon, each author and illustrator is presenting their work, reading from their new book, and participating in a meet & greet and book signing booth. Taking place outdoors, the event also featured face painting, walking on stilts, storytelling at the top of the Anderson Center landmark water tower, artmaking activities, bookmaking workshops, puppet theater, balloon animals, and food vendors. All ages are welcome!

Emphasizing the joy of learning through reading and arts activities, the Minnesota Children’s Book Festival has received national acclaim for its efforts to promote literacy among young people.
The 2021 Minnesota Children’s Book Festival is generously sponsored by the Curly's Welding, Fair Trade Books, First State Bank of Red Wing, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Hanson Family Foundation, Jones Family Foundation, Lerner Publishing Group, Liberty's Restaurant & Lounge, Mayo Health System - Red Wing, Merchants Bank, Munson Electric, Musty-Barnhart Agency, Red Wing Brewery, Ripley's Rental & Sales, Sargent's Nursery, Siewert's Towing & Garage, Smith Schafer & Associates, Sturdiwheat, and Xcel Energy Foundation.

This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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