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The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is brought to us by Live Oak Public Libraries and the Department of Cultural Affairs. This year’s event took place at Forsyth Park, Savannah’s largest park in Historic Downtown, on a gorgeous fall day and featured some of the most talented writers and illustrators around. These 11 pictures make us wish there was a book festival every weekend. From Batman to bookworms, there’s nothing better than a place where education and imagination collide.

1. Celebrities Attend
Batman Comic
Glimsity: So where’s Robin?

Batman: Gotham City.

Glimsity: Where’s Superman?

Batman: Cheese Tent.

2. Dogs that Read, Huh??

Reading Dogs
These smart canines love to hear kids read! Does your child hate to read aloud? Are they scared of what others will think? Well these dogs think they are doggone amazing.

No, dogs that love to be read to! “By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes…Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.” –Therapy Dogs International

3. You’re Treated Like Royalty

Royal Treatment
Swag, swag, swag! Loads of free stuff. Free stickers, pencils, crowns, balloons, puppets, etc.

4. Or You’re Treated to Sweets…you choose

Ice Cream
There is the legendary Leopold’s ice cream on site and that’s pretty sweet.

5. Big Blocks…in the Park…that Kids Can Move…need we say more

Building Forts
Fun interactive activities. Here massive blocks provide endless amounts of entertainment.

6. It’s DIY Crafts All Day!

Bookmark Making
Pictured: Kids making bookmarks at one of the many creative craft stations.

7. It’s Story Time All Day!

Sit down with your favorite author (and character!) for live readings.

8. This!

Massive stuffed & inflated animals everywhere. Also spotted: Building-size Chick-fil-A cow.

9. Winners Attend

J Nell Ford
The best writers and illustrators are present. Pictured: Best of the Month on Amazon: Doodle Story by J. Nell Ford. Ms. Ford was born in Lyons, Georgia and now resides in Brunswick, Georgia.

Jose Lucio
Pictured: Local Illustrator/Writer Jose Lucio, winner of Connect Savannah’s Best New Local Book Award, with his new children’s book Heave-Ho.

10. That Personal Touch Says So Much

Autographed Book
These extremely talented folk will autograph your little one’s favorite books with a one-of-a-kind message. Pictured: Autographed copy of Heave-Ho by Jose Lucio with a super rad bird wearing sunglasses like my son’s.

Make Savannah Children’s Book Festival a must-do next year to load up on gifts, enjoy family time in the park, and experience interactive literacy for the kiddos.

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