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.
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.
I told stories in the Storytelling Tent including Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato and more.
The festival grounds, in the heart of Knoxville, was beautiful.
I even had a chance to see the neighboring Biscuit Festival, just a few minutes walk from the children’s reading festival.
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.
I had not one but two delicious Orange Julius shakes from this stand!
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.
From the top of the Sun Sphere, there is an AMAZING view!
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…