Dig into Reading Stage:
10:00 a.m. One Cool Friend presented by Dollywood's Imagination Playhouse
10:45 a.m. Jarrett Krosoczka
11:15 a.m. Jim Gill
12:00 p.m. Parade of Books led by Curious George!
12:30 p.m. Allan Wolf with Luke Copas
1:00 p.m. Sharon Draper
1:30 p.m. Bobby Norfolk
2:15 p.m. Bob Shea
Author's and Illustrator's Stage:
10:00 a.m. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
10:30 a.m. Marc Tyler Nobleman
11:00 a.m. Kerry Madden
11:30 a.m. Sharon Draper
12:30 p.m. Picture Book Panel with Julie Danielson
1:30 p.m. Local Author Panel
2:00 p.m. Kerry Madden
2:30 p.m. Deborah Diesen
10:00 a.m. David Claunch
10:45 a.m. Bobby Norfolk
11:30 a.m. Knoxville Zoo
12:30 p.m. Sherry Norfolk
1:15 p.m. David Claunch
1:45 p.m. Titanic Museum with Michael Shoulders
2:15 p.m. Sherry Norfolk
10:00 a.m. Live Broadcast of WDVX's Kidstuff with Sean McCollough
11:00 a.m. KSO String Quartet
11:30 a.m. Miss Lynn
12:30 p.m. KSO String Quartet
1:00 p.m. Miss Lynn
1:30 p.m. Sean McCollough
2:00 p.m. Jim Gill
Children's Performance Stage:
10:00 a.m. Maryville High School Orchestra
10:30 a.m. Bethany Hankins and her violinists
11:00 a.m. Angela Floyd School of Dance
11:55 a.m. Diamonds All-star Cheerleading presents SPARKLE
1:00 p.m. Center Stage Dance and Cheer
1:30 p.m. Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble
2:00 p.m. Sensei Toni and her group of young Karate students
2:30 p.m. Wah Lum Kung Fu and the Lion Dancers
Spread the Word!
Want to promote the Children's Festival of Reading at your school, library, or organization?
Use #KnoxKidsFest of Reading to spread the word on social media
And if you have questions, please contact Mary Pom Claiborne at 865-215-8767
Where do I park?
Thanks to the University of Tennessee, free parking will be available at 11th Street Parking Garage. Free parking is also available at the Locust Street Garage, the Market Street Garage, and on the street. You can check out a map of the parking options here.
How old should my child be to attend?
This Festival is for all ages--we have events geared towards young children, teens, and adults. Bring the whole family!
How can I plan ahead to have a safe and fun day?
Be alert and stay with your children! Plan ahead with with these LOST CHILD PREVENTION tips before attending the festival. Staff and volunteers are there to help make it a safe and fun day for everyone, but a little planning goes a long way.
What about food and bathrooms?
There will be food vendors offering up a whole host of tasty lunch options, even vegetarian choices. And there are nearby bathrooms for use.
What if it rains?
We'll still be having a great time, so throw on some galoshes and come on down! The activities and booths are under tents, and there will be someplace to play no matter what.
Featured artists for 2013 include:
BOB SHEA lives in Connecticut, where he owns a graphic design studio with his wife. His animation and graphics have been featured on PBS Kids, Nick Jr., and Noggin. He is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, including the crowd-pleasing Dinosaur vs. series. His newest picture book, Cheetah Can’t Lose, will be published in February 2013. www.bobshea.com
JARRETT KROSOCZKA has been an artist since childhood and published his first picture book in 2001. Since then, he has gone on to write and illustrate numerous picture books, including the Punk Farm books, and the wildly popular series of Lunch Lady graphic novels for children. His first chapter book for children, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked, will be released in May 2013. www.studiojjk.com
JIM GILL is a multi-talented musician, author, and child development specialist. He travels the country bringing his interactive music shows to children and their families and training early childhood educators on the benefits of music and play in young children’s lives. Since the release of Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes in 2001, he has gone on to record five more award-winning musical recordings for children. He is also the author of two books for children, May There Always Be Sunshine and A Soup Opera. www.jimgill.com
SHARON M. DRAPER is an award-winning educator and author. She has been named the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and a New York Times bestselling author. Well-known for her realistic, socially-relevant books for teens, such as the Jericho and Hazelwood trilogies, she has also written books for younger readers, including the Sassy series and the critically-acclaimed bestseller Out of My Mind. Her latest book, the teen thriller Panic, is due out in February 2013.www.sharondraper.com
Allan Wolf is an author, poet, performer and educator from over the hills in Asheville. As the Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, he tours nationally presenting theatrical poetry shows for all ages. His books include The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts, and New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery , a novel in verse chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an IRA Children’s Book Award Notable. He writes about writing poems in Immersed In Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet’s Life, and penned a new YA novel in verse titled Zane’s Trace. Wolf is always ready to spin out a stanza or two. www.AllanWolf.com
Kerry Madden teaches creative writing in the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is the author of the new book Harper Lee: Up Close, which made Booklist's Top 10 Biographies of 2009 for Youth. She also wrote the Maggie Valley Trilogy: Gentle's Holler, Louisiana's Song, and Jessie's Mountain , set in the heart of Appalachia in the Smokies. Her first novel, Offsides, was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age. She has written for Salon.com, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and Five Points. She earned her bachelor's degree and an MFA in playwriting from the University of Tennessee. www.kerrymadden.com
Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 70 books including Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, which made the front page of USA Today, and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, which was covered by NPR's All Things Considered, Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, and MTV; it also led to an invitation to give a TED talk. He speaks regularly at schools, conferences, libraries, and other venues nationwide, and he blogs about adventures in publishing at noblemania.blogspot.com @MarcTNobleman
NEW THIS YEAR!!!
Schedule of activities: 10:00 a.m. Cooking demo by Lulu's Tea Room 10:30 a.m. Cooking demo by Kate Brosnan 11:00 a.m. Kids in the Garden w/Emily Gonzalez, UT Ext 11:30 a.m. Cooking demonstration w/ Heather Kyle, UT Ext 12:30 p.m. Ice Bears and Chilly challenge you to a game of 2 on 2 hockey! 1:00 p.m. Cook off! Market House vs. Zoe's Grill 2:00 p.m. Cook off! Echo vs. Fountain City Creamery!
EXPERIMENT IN SCIENCE VILLAGE
Join Mr. Bond, the Science Guy and the students of the L&N Stem Academy for a fun-filled look at science!
The Science Stage hosts our own scientist, Mr. Bond, as he demonstrates jaw-dropping, mind-bending, awe-inspiring experiments in front of your very eyes! Be prepared, you may become part of the experiment!
Robots Alive! Join L&N Stem Academy students as they explain robotic adventures.
The UN-science Fair L&N Stem Academy students will show off their passion, enthusiasm, and know-how in experiments of their own.
Spin a yarn with us!
Bobby Norfok is just plain spellbinding! You'll be on the edge of your seat, eyes poppin' with anticipation, yessirree! He is returning to the Festival, and this time he's bringing along his talented wife, Sherry, who has a show of her own! He started off his funny life as a stand-up comedian and has won multiple Emmy Awards for his work in television as well as the National Circle of Excellence Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network. With more than ten CD’s, many having won the prestigious Parents Choice Gold Award, and eight children’s books, he has a lot to say. www.folktale.com.