On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, Chicago families can visit the 2011 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest to enjoy playful kids’ entertainment at the Lil’ Lit Park: Neverland and to learn about and purchase great children’s books from some of the many vendors exhibiting at this popular, annual South Loop street festival and outdoor literary event. Participation in all Lit Fest activities is free, although people must make ticket reservations to attend the events held in the Harold Washington Library Center and the University Center.
Children’s books at 2011 Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago bookophiles visiting Lit Fest in 2011 can visit not just booths full of books for grown-ups, but also tables covered with stories meant for kids. Vendors that will appeal to boys and girls this year should include:
- the Barefoot Books booth, which will be stocked full of their lovely and award-winning children’s books, toys, games, CDs, and gifts.
- the Real Street Kidz booth, representing a multicultural book series by Quentin Holmes aimed at promoting positive life messages to today’s preteen audience.
- the Usbourne Books and More table, representing a great publisher of interesting and engaging illustrated children’s books on topics from science, history, nature, and foreign languages.
- the Young Chicago Authors table, representing a local society dedicated to helping young people express themselves through writing, publication, and performance.
Many local, independent, and second-hand bookstores will also have a presence at the 2011 Printers Row Lit Fest, and parents should find at their tables and tents amazing examples of children’s literature to purchase and bring home.
Lil’ Lit Park: Neverland at 2011 Printers Row Lit Fest
While in previous years Chicago children have been entertained at Printers Row Lit Fests with a special Kids Corner, this year boys and girls will be treated to two days of fun activities and live entertainment in a Lil’ Lit Park: Neverland area. Themed to appeal to fans of Peter Pan and childhood fancy, this section of the festival will allow kids to get their faces painted and to make pirate eye patches while enjoying:
- a performance by Captain Hook’s Jolly Rodgers.
- concerts by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.
- musical performances by Sandy Lucas.
- puppet shows like Punch & Cookies by Marilyn Price (author of Grandma’s Cookies) and “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” (presented by master puppeteer Mark Nichols).
- presentations by authors Jim Aylesworth (The Gingerbread Man), Adam Rubin (Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door), and Amy Krouse (Little Pea and Spoon), Caroyln Crimi (Henry & the Crazed Chicken Pirates and Dear Tabby), Susan Slade (What’s New at the Zoo), and Rebecca Cohen (Fifteen Minutes Outside).
Check out a review and slideshow of the children’s activities and products at the 2009 Printers Row Lit Fest to preview what this year’s event may be like.
Visit this family-friendly 2011 outdoor literary event in the Printers Row area around Dearborn Street from Congress to Polk Street in the South Loop of the downtown area of Chicago. Children’s entertainment in the Lil’ Lit Park: Neverland area will run from 10:00 a.m. until after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. until after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Literary local families may also be interested in 2011 summer reading programs for Chicago kids.
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