The Baltimore Book Festival is back at the Inner Harbor this weekend! A FREE celebration of all things literary, the Book Festival is a “must” on our fall bucket list every year. This year’s event runs 11 AM – 7 PM, Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30th.

In addition to meeting authors, listening to local bands, and cooking demos, the Festival offers a ton of kid-friendly programming. The Crafts Corridor  will offer hands-on activities for families all weekend long. This year’s projects are “A Wrinkle in Time” themed. Kids can make DIY Galaxy Zen Jars and DIY Tesseracts!

The Red Canoe is the Festival’s official children’s bookstore, where you can purchase books by all of the appearing children and YA authors appearing at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage, browse a thoughtful selection of other children’s books, meet your favorite authors, lounge in the Reading Zone, and grab one of their award-winning muffins or a Zeke’s coffee!

We highly recommend taking the Circulator to the Festival or using Parking Panda for hassle-free parking. If you have young kids, you may want to think about a stroller. The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage and Craft Corridor are at opposite ends of the Festival (and we all know you aren’t getting out of there without making a Tesseract!).

Here are some of our favorite activities at the Festival…

Baltimore Book Festival 2018

Baltimore Book Festival Highlights for Families

Friday, September 28

Poetry in Motion
12 PM, 3 PM , 5 PM | Crafts Corridor

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played. Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression. MORE

Pokemon Go & Draw with Anna Richardson
12 PM | Charm City Comic Pavilion

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures! Bring your Pokedex and creativity! MORE

Paper Magic with Mr. Matt
1:30 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Learn how to make magical toys out of simple pieces of paper with Central Library children’s librarian Matthew Hickey. Flexagons are paper toys that have the magical quality of changing images as they are flexed or folded. In this program we will learn how a simple piece of paper can be transformed to make flexagons, exquisite corpses, and accordion style booklets. MORE

Cooking Demo with Black Girls Cook, featuring Chef Nichole A. Mooney, Founder/Executive Director of Black Girls Cook
2:30 PM | Food for Thought Stage

Black Girls Cook is non-profit organization that teaches inner city teen girls of color the importance of healthy eating by operating hands-on cooking classes and teaching the fundamentals of urban gardening. Chef Nichole conducts a very interactive, Autumn Seafood Paella demo and sampling for the audience. MORE

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner
3 PM | Charm City Comic Pavilion

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up. MORE

Open Works Mobile Workshop
3 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Open Works Mobile (OWM) is Baltimore’s first and only mobile maker-space offering an introduction to “maker” based education. The workshop on wheels travels to schools, community centers, and community event sites to demonstrate basic digital fabrication technology with a desktop 3D printer, CNC machine, and Laser engraver. Join them today for a brief demo and the 3d printing pen activity. MORE

Saturday, September 29

Storybook Parade
11 AM | Crafts Corridor

The Baltimore Book Festival holds its annual Storybook Parade taking place on the Inner Harbor Promenade. The procession will begin on the South Shore Promenade and end at the World Trade Center. Come join us as we march down the promenade in celebration of literacy and the literary arts with Junie B Jones, Cookie Mouse, Peter Rabbit, Wild Thing and the Maryland Circle of Griots’. All are welcome to join in; meet at Rash Field dressed as your favorite storybook character, author, or playwright! MORE

Poetry in Motion
12 PM, 3 PM , 5 PM | Crafts Corridor

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played. Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression. MORE

Nita’s First Signs Storytime for Families
12 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

American Sign Language makes it easy to communicate with your child. Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, will lead a lively family story that teaches 10 basic ASL signs! Celebrate with stories, songs, and more. Appropriate for all ages. MORE

Whose Book Is It Anyway?: Picture Book Edition
1 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Kids and families can face off against six wily picture book authors and illustrators and win a signed book! Can you spot which book excerpts are real and which are clever fakes? Don’t miss this lineup: Lulu Delacre (Turning Pages), Patricia Valdez (Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor), Laura Gehl (I Got a Chicken for My Birthday), Liz and Jimmy Reed (Sweet Success), Rachel Kolar (Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters), Moderated by Rebecca Evans (Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack). Co-sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region. MORE

How to Draw Superheroes and Villains with Duane Pearson
1:30 PM | Charm City Comic Pavilion

What makes a good hero? Come learn the answer to this question and create your own hero. Whether a detective like Batman or a mutant like Wolverine, discover how to create a hero that the Justice League and Avengers would beg to be on their team. Alongside every hero you have a compelling Villain. From costume to personality, learn how to make a villain that stands out among any rogue’s gallery. MORE

Read to Reef Book Club featuring Ricardo Cortés’s, Sea Creatures from the Sky
2 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

New York Times best-selling illustrator author Ricardo Cortés reads from Sea Creatures from the Sky, a touching story of a misunderstood shark. Hear the story before reading it in the National Aquarium and Pratt Library’s Read to Reef Book Club in October. Following the reading, dive deeper into the shark’s watery world with Aquarium educators who will be on hand with real shark artifacts to explore and an interactive presentation about these toothy predators. MORE

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices panel featuring Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Weatherford, and publishers Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, hosted by Deborah Taylor
3 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices publishers, Wade Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and Cheryl Willis Hudson, inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, discuss their anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, with contributors Carole Boston Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author and NAACP Image Award winner, and Jeffrey Weatherford, illustrator and founder of global hip hop collective known as “TRiiiBE Worldwide”. Hosted by Deborah Taylor, school and student services coordinator at the Pratt Library. MORE

Sunday, September 30

Pets on Wheels
11 AM – 1 PM

Children can partner with a therapy dog or cat from Pets on Wheels, then select a favorite book, then sit and read to their furry friend. These gentle canines are amazing listeners. They do not tease, laugh or judge the child. As a result, even the shyest child or reluctant reader is encouraged to improve their literacy skills. MORE

Poetry in Motion
12 PM, 3 PM , 5 PM | Crafts Corridor

Using visual theatre, students create visual adaptations of Shel Silverstein poetry. Fun theatre games using creative movement, mime and gesture are played. Students will learn how to use their bodies as a tool for expression. MORE

 

Editor’s Note: Photo and Map courtesy of Baltimore Book Festival’s website.