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African Children’s Book Fair Returns to the CCP Tomorrow Feb 3rd

African Children’s Book Fair Returns to the CCP Tomorrow Feb 3rd

LIBRARIES MAY seem obsolete when compared with digital media but there are still many who believe that giving a child a real book can make a difference in his life.

Of those people, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati stands proudly as the founder of a once small book fair that is celebrating its 20th year of connecting AfricanAmerican children with prominent authors and illustrators.

“This is an event to show children the gift of reading,” Lloyd-Sgambati said.

The 20th Annual AfricanAmerican Children’s Book Fair returns to the Community College of Philadelphia’s gymnasium tomorrow afternoon.

This year authors from all over the country will make their way to the fair, which, with 3,500 visitors last year, is the biggest regional event promoting AfricanAmerican children‘s books. Award-winning author and Philadelphia native Jerry Pinkney will be one of many authors who will chat with children, parents and teachers and autograph books.

“This year, of the 27 authors and illustrators attending . . . 14 have participated before,” Lloyd-Sgambati said.

The authors enjoy it. “We seek an audience and what this does is give an opportunity to meet that audience and put value on what you do,” said Pinkney, whose most recent book is a lavishly illustrated Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

For this 20th year, the fair is adding a number of special-interest workshops.

“Every year we try to enhance and bring books to life. This year we’ve added workshops, a cartoon workshop led by Jerry Craft who will be showing kids the art of cartooning, a workshop on bullying by David Miller geared towards preteen and teenagers and a workshop called ‘Brand Me’ by Amira Sharaz, to teach young people how to create their own brand.”

While supplies last, children, educators and parents will be given free books through the sponsorship of NBC10, PECO, McDonald’s, Health Partners and Comcast. (Educators with school ID will be given books to use in their classroom libraries.)

African Children’s Book Fair, Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden, 1-3 p.m. tomorrow, free.


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