A weekend devoted to young book lovers at Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival

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The Mount Airy Kids' Literary Festival, hosted by Big Blue Marble Bookstore, features many book-themed activities for children.

At Mt. Airy’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore, they understand the importance of literature and the role it plays in a child’s life. After all, habits are best formed at an early age. If your young one is a fan of story time or would rather get lost in a book than a video game, this weekend’s Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival, running from Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18, gives young book lovers a chance to read, craft and meet authors at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

It’s a book-ception during Grace Gordon’s story time session. The actor will be reading books about reading books. Attendees are encouraged to get their groove on as songs and dancing will be featured at this 10:30 a.m. session on Friday, May 16. This activity is recommended for toddlers up to 5 years old.

Grace is at it again later in the day on Friday, May 16 for an introductory class to improv. She’ll teach kids ages 5 and up how to create situations and characters using their imaginations at 6:30 p.m.

Bring PJs and hang around because at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 the pizza and pajama party begins highlighting favorite bedtime stories, activities from the recently published Bedtime Math, and of course pizza.

What a better way to start your Saturday than with a healthy dose of bugs and the great outdoors? Well, you’ll get your fix via illustration and imagination at this literary event. Local writers Galen Longstreth, author of Yes, Let’s, and Margaret Hager, author of Bugs for Kids, will start the day on Saturday, May 17 with readings from their books at 10:30 a.m.

As a part of C.W. Henry School’s Fit Fun Fest, young literary minds are invited to get moving during their Where’s Waldo literary scavenger hunt. Kids will feel like they’re a part of the famous books as they compete for prizes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at C.W. Henry School.

Kids ages 8 to 14 can pick the minds of authors Jill Santopolo (Sparkle Spa series, Alec Flint mysteries), Shawn K. Stout (Penelope Crumb and Not-So-Ordinary Girl series), and Kathleen DeMarco Van Cleve (Drizzle) during the middle grade author roundtable, hosted by Jana Herko, a representative from Scholastic Books. These writers will be answering questions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Whether your young reader is just getting into their Harry Potter phase, or has been in the wizard world for some time now, all fans of the series are welcome to the festival’s Harry Potter Party. Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, Potter partiers will enjoy a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Sunday, May 18’s breakfast is a book reading with a side of song. Author and performer Richard McLaughlin, also known as Eco-Man, will read his book The Skunk with a Stinky Attitude starting at 10:30 a.m. A story about bullying, The Skunk with a Stinky Attitude will teach kids that even bullies need a little love. McLaughlin will also perform kid-friendly songs and sign copies of his book.

If your child is fascinated by the vastness of the galaxy, bring them to David J. Smith’s 2 p.m. reading of his book IF: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers on Sunday, May 18. He’ll discuss through activities how really big notions can be whittled down to simple ideas.  

The next Shakespeare could be amongst our community. Little scribes can find out at the Taking It Deeper poetry workshop at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Young poets will foster their craft by examining other poems and discussing what makes them work with instructor Elliot batTzedek.