We had so much fun at the Festival of Books, that we decided to try out another event dedicated to literacy, The Santa Clarita Literacy & Arts Festival. We had just done a holiday photo shoot with the Sugar Snaps and so they were dressed in holiday attire. This event was so well organized! We were very impressed. They had so many booths set up with learning activities related to books and even had a section where children could read books to therapy dogs.
Photos in the collage above provided by Jennifer Fischer
One section, organized by Jennifer Fischer, of the Good Long Road, had the theme of Stone Soup. She set up cauldrons so children could 'shop' at the produce stand and put vegetables in the cauldron to make pretend soup as they listened to the story. There was also an area set up where families could donate canned food to the local food pantry. Another section had a craft in the same theme which is pictured below. The Sugar Snaps colored vegetables and fire and pasted them into and around a black cauldron that was pre-cut for them. If you have not had a chance to check out The Good Long Road, I suggest starting with Jennifer Fischer's post on Stone Soup. Then, stay a while. There are so many great educational activities to do with your children as well as ways to get involved in the fight against hunger in your community.
We ran into Captain Hook who was walking around interacting with the children. Grayson was especially excited to make his acquaintance.
I was excited to meet this amazing artist, Pablo. He painted the picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the right and recreated it using toast on the left. He was still working on it when he paused so I could take his picture and ask him some questions. He had never done a picture in toast before! They asked him to try a new medium and he agreed. He said he might make the background black next time or cut perfect squares so there is no space between the toast if he were to try it again. I was in complete awe of his talent!
They had lots of different story times and the Sugar Snaps loved to sit in and listen. Capri was excited to see Snow white in her pretty dress.
In addition to having characters read books, they also had books that were read by the author. This is Shannon Okahara, reading her book Tooth on the Loose.
I was excited that they had FREE face painting. All three boys opted to be tigers. Grayson giggled when the paint brush tickled his face.
Since Capri was dressed for the holidays, she was a 'Christmas princess.'
The library provided free books that were out of circulation for children of all ages. There were stations where the children could do activities and collect stickers and win a prize when they collected them all. They each took home a reusable bag with a coloring book and crayons. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area at this time of the year, I recommend checking out the Literacy and Arts Festival. Have you been to any book or literacy festivals? Which ones have you attended?