First-Ever Children’s Literature Festival At The Springfield Museums Features Local, Superstar Authors

First-Ever Children’s Literature Festival at the Springfield Museums Features Local, Superstar Authors

The Children’s Literature Festival scheduled for October 14 is cancelled.

Please join us for the next Family Program at the Museums, Saturday, October 28, 10 am to 5 pm,  A Mystery at the Museums. Who stole the Celestial Evening painting from the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts? Can you solve the mystery and help find the painting? Be the detective and follow the clues to help save the day! All free with museum admission!

Hot on the heels of opening the first and only museum dedicated to the work of Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, the Springfield Museums presents its first-ever Children’s Literature Festival celebrating local children’s book authors: Lisa Yee, Mike Curato, and Mo Willems.

Children’s Literature Festival

October 14 @ 10:00 am–5:00 pm

INAUGURAL EVENT! A day filled with books, costumed characters, and famous, local authors. All free with museum admission! Odyssey Books of South Hadley will have books available for purchase.

Appearances and Performances

Meet Elephant and Piggie, 11 am-4 pm
We are at Springfield Museums! Meet two of Mo Willems’ most beloved creations, Piggie and Gerald, the main characters of his popular early reader series.

Meet Author Lisa Yee, 11 am
Lisa Yee has nearly 3 million books in print including the popular Super Hero High series, The Kidney Hypothetical, and Millicent MN, Girl Genius. Learn about her work, see her latest books, and get one signed by the author. Books will be available for purchase at the signing.

Meet Wonder Woman, 11 am-3 pm

Meet Author Mo Willems, 1 pm
Mo Willems is the author of beloved children’s books like the Elephant and Piggie series, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and many more! Mo will talk about his work, read aloud from one of his books, and do a signing! Books will be available for purchase at the signing.

Highlights from Seussical the Musical, 2 pm
Selected songs performed by the Saint Michael’s Players of East Longmeadow. Listen to The Cat in the Hat, Things 1 & 2, Jojo, Horton, Daisy-Head Maisie, and Gertrude McFuzz

Meet Author Mike Curato, 3 pm
Mike is the author of the celebrated Little Elliot picture book series, including Little Elliot, Big City, Little Elliot, Big Family, Little Elliot, Big Fun, and Little Elliot, Fall Friends. Mike has also had the pleasure of illustrating Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and most recently All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. Mike will be reading from his books and will do a live drawing demonstration. Books will be available for purchase at the signing.

Ongoing Activities

Super Hero Photo Booth, 11 am-3 pm
Dress up in super hero gear and take a photos in front of our City Scape backdrop. Share your photos with the hashtag #atthemuseums

You’re the Author, 11 am-3 pm
Write, illustrate, and publish, your very own work! Learn how to use simple materials to create a zine of your own with Anne Thalheimer, artist extraordinaire.

Picture Book Tattoos, 11 am-3 pm
Get a temporary tattoo of one of your favorite picture book characters! Arms-only, with caregiver permission.

Read to a Reptile, 11 am-3 pm
Choose from a selection fun and funny books to read to one of the reptiles that calls Springfield Museums home.

Chalk Drawing, 11 am-3 pm
Create your own masterpiece alongside chalk artist Tyrone Bowie on the walkways surrounding the Quadrangle.

Family Science Adventures, 11 am-2 pm
Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!

Art Discovery Center, noon- 4 pm
Trace Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, put on a puppet show, and make an art project.

The Children’s Literature Festival is co-presented with Odyssey Bookshop

Family Fun Events are supported by the TD Charitable Foundation.