Knoxville Children’s Festival of Reading – May 19, 2012


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Friends:

Last month, I was honored to be part of the esteemed Knoxville Children’s Festival of Reading. I flew to Knoxville straight from my daughter, Soleil’s college graduation.

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I was excited to see my friends, Dan Yaccarino and David Ezra Stein, who were both 2011 Picture Book Month Champions. In addition, I met the incredibly accomplished children’s book author, Alyssa Capucilli, creator of the Biscuit series. Jules Danielson from the famed 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog hosted a Picture Book Panel, which we were all a part of.

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I told stories in the Storytelling Tent including Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato and more.

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The festival grounds, in the heart of Knoxville, was beautiful.

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I even had a chance to see the neighboring Biscuit Festival, just a few minutes walk from the children’s reading festival.

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I was happy to connect with my incredibly talented friend, Jenni Holm and her brother, Matt, the creators of the Baby Mouse and Squish graphic novel series.

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I had not one but two delicious Orange Julius shakes from this stand!

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One of my favorite activities I did at the festival was go to the top of the Sun Sphere, a structure built for the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville.

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From the top of the Sun Sphere, there is an AMAZING view!

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A special thank you to Erin Nguyen, who brought me to the Knoxville Festival of Reading. It was a wonderful experience. I had great hostesses and Tennessee has such lovely hospitality!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne