2nd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair


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Enjoy readings by authors, talks with illustrators, cultural performances, interactive storytelling with a griot, and craft activities to include bookbinding demonstrations by local book artists. Special guests include illustrator and Maryland native Bryan Collier. He presents his latest book, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me. The book earned Collier the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration. There will be a special guest reading by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. This program is presented in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. See the schedule of events. Free museum admission 1-4pm. For all ages!

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Meet our guest storyteller Linda Goss and Papa Ed Stokes. Here they get the crowd on their feet:

View clips from the 2014 African American Children’s Book Fair:

Produced by students of the Root Branch Production & Film Academy.

Authors and Illustrators scheduled to appear:

R. Gregory ChristieCorine HymanCrystal Marable
Bryan CollierDr. Mubina H. KirmaniDr. Tiffany Owens
Pat CummingsSteven Sellers LaphamCalvin Ramsey
Tara DoatyLondon LaddLaMarr Darnell Shield
Zetta ElliotChuku LeeJavaka Steptoe
Jan Spivey GilchristLori Nelson LeeShadra Strickland
Wade HudsonEB LewisRenee Watson
Cheryl Willis HudsonKelly Starling LyonsCharlotte Riley Webb


  • 1:00 to 4:00pm — Craft Activities: The Art of Book Bookbinding. See a book binding demonstration and create your own book with local book artists.
  • 1:00pm — Opening Activities
  • 1:15 to 2:30pm — Author/Illustrator Readings and Presentations
  • 2:00 pm — Reading By Mayor Rawlings-Blake
  • 2:30pm — Storytelling with Mama Linda Goss and Papa Ed: Gather 'round My People. Storyteller Linda Goss and multi-instrumentalist Papa Ed Stokes use interactive rhythmic storytelling techniques from the African diaspora. Get ready to participate, learn and enjoy.
  • 3:00 to 4:00pm — Author/Illustrator’s Readings and Presentations

This event is sponsored by:
Baltimore Gas and Electric

Media sponsor:
Mocha Moms

Special thanks to MECU and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

A boy enjoying his book.
Date and Time
Saturday, May 10, 1:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800