CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19
Johnstown, PA (Jan. 20, 2020) – The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to create bookmarks that reflect the theme of this year’s event: The ART of the Story. The theme was selected because all visiting authors for the 2020 festival are also illustrators. Children can create a bookmark illustrating their favorite book. The bookmarks will be on display at the 12th annual festival, which takes place April 4 and 5 at Bottle Works in Johnstown’s historic Cambria City neighborhood.
“The bookmark contest is one of my favorite aspects of the Children’s Book Festival,” said Kerri Belardi, director of communications at The Learning Lamp. “It’s exciting when we receive packages from local schools stuffed full of colorful and creative bookmarks that students spent time working on. Last year, we received a record 1,214 entries, and this year we hope to receive even more!”
The bookmark design contest is divided into four age brackets:
•Division #1: Grades Pre-K & K
•Division #2: Grades 1 & 2
•Division #3: Grades 3 & 4
•Division #4: Grades 5 & 6
Each individual division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books. Winning entries are selected by popular vote of those attending the festival.
Teachers can also win a set of books for their classroom by submitting student-created bookmarks as a group. Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools. Any child from preschool to sixth grade, including children who are homeschooled, can take part. Only one bookmark entry per child. Visit thelearninglamp.org for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be dropped off or sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 20, 2020 by 5 p.m.
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is spearheaded by The Learning Lamp and is free by design. Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences that inspire children of all abilities and income levels to read and encourage families to read together. Highlights of the weekend include visits from:
•Don Tate - the award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas; Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions; The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch; and Hope’s Gift. Tate is also an award-winning author. Some of his books for children include: Strong As Sandow; How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth; Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.
•Jenn Harney – an author/illustrator who has been working in and around children’s literature for the past 20 years. Harney is the author/illustrator of Underwear! and Swim Swim Sink. Her illustrations are regularly featured in Highlights for Children magazine.
•Keith Graves - author/illustrator of many hilarious picture books for children. Graves’ picture book titles include: Chicken Big, The Monsterator, Puppy!, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, Second Banana, and many more. Keith’s epic middle-grade novel, The Orphan of Awkward Falls is a spooky tale that is funny and loaded with creepy illustrations. Keith is also co-president of an animation studio called Graverobber Productions.
•Daniel Jude Miller – a man with a passion for creating odd and interesting characters. Miller’s books include Monsters in Manhattan, Monsters in Manhattan 2, Everybody Wake Up!!, Halloween Boy and the Christmas Kid, Bruce the Spruce and Earclaw and Eddie.
The festival also showcases themed arts and crafts activities, writing and illustration workshops, new and used book sales, refreshments and more! Plus, every child who comes to the Book Festival will receive with a free book from FirstBook.
For more information on the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 814-262-0732 extension 245 or visit thelearninglamp.org or like and follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/CBFJohnstown/.
The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 32,799 children and adults from 53 public school districts and 66 private schools and community organizations in 17 counties of Pennsylvania in 2018.
Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.
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