Preparations are underway to kick-off the 7th annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) that will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 10am to 2pm at the Talbot County Free Library Easton Branch.
The theme this year is Oceans of Possibility! Author Carole Boston Weatherford will be delivering the first keynote speech at 10:30 a.m. and Author/illustrator Bryan Collier and will be delivering the second keynote speech at 11:30 a.m.; and the Easton High School Jazz Band will be performing. Thanks to lead sponsor Flying Cloud Booksellers, a Bluepoint Hospitality property, children ages birth – 18, who sign up for the library’s Summer Reading Challenge, will receive a voucher valued at $20 for a free book of their choice from Flying Cloud Booksellers while supplies last. YMCA will be providing a summer reading program prize of a six-month family membership for Easton YMCA, and swimming lessons.
The CCBF is the kick-off event for Talbot Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) which runs June 1 through July 31, 2022. On Wednesday August 10, 2022 prizes will be awarded for SRP at the library’s End of Summer Celebration.
“The book festival is the kickoff event for summer reading, so one of my hopes is that everyone will sign up for summer reading, and get a voucher for a free book at Flying Cloud,” said Talbot County Free Library Youth Services Librarian Laura Powell. “They take home a book they want to read, and become inspired to read every day for the summer months, building a habit of reading for enjoyment.” Weatherford has received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and more. She is well known for her books, “Dreams for a Daughter,” “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre,” and “RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.” Collier is a beloved author/illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient for “Rosa,” “Martin’s Big Words,” “Dave the Potter,” and “Trombone Shorty.” His recent books include “The Five O’Clock Band,” “Between the Lines,” and “By and by, Thurgood.” Other authors attending CCBF include David Owen Bell, Lee Harper, Diane Salerni, Nancy Viau, Ginger Park, Frances Park, Joan Waites, and Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival Co-Founder Timothy Young.
“I hope children and families will be inspired to enjoy reading everyday; and that meeting and talking with children's book authors and illustrators ignite an interest in a particular book or subject. You can read anywhere, it's free and it makes you feel good,” said Powell.
Partners and Sponsors of the 7th annual CCBF include Bluepoint Hospitality, What’s Up? Media, Maryland Public Television (MPT), Academy of Art Museum, Country School, Critchlow Adkins, Flying Cloud Booksellers, Friends of the Talbot County Free Library, Imagination Library, Judy Center, Horn Point Lab – University of Maryland, Talbot County Council, Talbot Arts Council, Talbot County Public Schools, YMCA, and Easton High School Jazz Band. CCBF is funded in part by Talbot Arts with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the governments of Talbot County, Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.
Young has noted that the festival has evolved since its inception in 2016. He hopes the festival will expand to newer heights in the future.
“We are thrilled at the reaction to the festival. From our very first one in 2016 we have had hundreds of families attend and the numbers have grown each year,” said Young. “Many have returned each year and we’ve even had folks travel from well outside the Eastern Shore to visit our authors.”