4th Annual African American Children's Book Fair


Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Free children's book for every family, while supplies last. Free admission.

Sponsored by BGE with support from Comcast, and Harford County Public Library System. Presented in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Mocha Moms Inc.

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What you can expect at the festival:


Schedule of Events

Floor One


Book Giveaway


Make & Take : Accordion Book


12-4pm     Make an Accordion Book with Martha Edgerton



Literacy Lane (outside, weather permitting)


12-4pm     Enoch Pratt Library Book Mobile


Reading Row / Museum Store


12-4pm     Literacy Organizations: 

      ACTS, Harford County Library, Balitmore County Library


1:30pm     Take a Selfie with Poe


2:30pm     Take a Selfie with Miss Black Maryland 2016


Floor Two


Book Village 


Kids’ Theater Live!


12pm       Remarks

     Dr. Roni Jolley, Regainald F. Lewis Museum

     Anita Jackson, BGE 

     Dr. Carla Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library


12:15pm   Million Man March

      Kelly Starling Lyons


12:35pm   Calalloo: A Jazz Folktale

      Puppet and Story Reading Performance - Marjuan Canady


1pm          My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

      Lesa and James Ransome


1:30pm     Village Bully

      Storytelling Drum Performance - Maria Broom & Jali D


2pm          I Know I Can

     Celebrity Reader: Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA


2:20pm     Quick Draw Contest 

      Shadra Strickland, James Ransome, and Jeff Weatherford


2:40pm     Fifty Cents and a Dream

      Jabari Asim


3pm         Uncle Devin Drum Tales Performance


3:25pm     Freedom in Congo Square

      Carole Boston Weatherford


3:45pm     Ezra Jack Keats Ceremony

      Baltimore City School Student Awardees


Floor Three


Benjamin Banneker’s Cabin


12-4pm     Banneker Activity Station & Storytelling 

      Presented by the Benjamin Banneker Museum


Book Village


Storytime Corner


1pm          Tavon Does It All

      Celebrity Reader: Tavon Mason, Former NFL Football Player


1:30pm     Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills 

      Renee Watson


1:55pm     Brooklyn Finest: The Green Family Farm

      David Miller


2:20pm     Books for Teens

      Sharon Flake and Zetta Elliott


2:45pm     Teen Authors 

      Ali Decosta and Jackie Lee


3:10pm     Knock Knock, My Dad’s Dream For Me

      Bryan Collier


3:30pm     In My Mama’s Kitchen

      Jerdine Nolen


Floor Four


Dream It, Draw It


1pm          Illustrator’s Workshop

      Floyd Cooper


2pm          Illustrator’s Painting Presentation

      London Ladd


2:30pm     Cartoon Illustration Workshop

      Jerry Craft


Make & Take: Collage


12-4pm     Make a Collage

      Presented by the Walters Art Museum


Teens/Tweens Paint Loft


12-4pm    Painting on Canvas

     Presented by Speak Life & Charles Sanders, LW Arts & Design


Resource Center


1-2:30pm  What to Look for When Selecting Books for Your Child

      Margaret Musgrove


Celebrity Readers and Special Guest
Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA 2016
Tavon Mason, Former NFL New York Jets wide receiver
Poe, Ravens Mascot

Participating Organizations
ACTS - Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools
Baltimore County Public Library
Benjamin Banneker Museum
Enoch Pratt Free Public Library​& ​ library's Bookmobile
Harford County Public Library
Reading Partners

Participating Authors and Illustrators
Please note: We are no longer accepting vendors for the book fair at this time. Please consider us for our 2017 Annual African American Book Fair.

Everett Todd AdamsSharon Flake
Tiffany Alexander Tasha Fuller
Kwame AlstonGlorida Greene
Jabari AsimBobby Marvin Holmes
Morgan Billingsley - Brown Girls Book Teen AuthorJohnetta Howard
Rebecca BishopGina Humber
Shenell BoldenDra Rose Ihedigbo-Franklin
Carole Boston WeatherfordKenji L. Jackson
Maria BroomEdward Jefferson
Marjuan CanadyDaneace Jeffrey
Veronica N. ChapmanNorwood Johnson
Jessica ChildressLondon Ladd
Lesa Cline RansomeJackie Lee - Brown Girls Book Teen Author
Bryan CollierTavon Mason
Delores ConnorDavid Miller
Israel CookJerdine Nolen
Floyd CooperJames Ransome
Jerry CraftSherika Sadler
Ali DacostaDiedra Sorrell
Frantz DerenoncourtKelly Starling Lyons
Shawna DoyleShadra Strickland
Latoya EdwardsMimi Sutton
Zetta ElliotRenee Watson
Family Seikou Afrika Jeff Weatherford
Thea Fielding LoweMerriam Wright




Date and Time
Saturday, May 14, 12:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800