Second Star to the Right Children’s Books in partnership with Denver Arts & Venues will host a citywide celebration of children’s literature with over 30 children’s book authors, illustrators and performers at the McNichols Civic Center Building.

This FREE full-day children’s book festival is on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The inaugural Children’s Festival of Stories will feature story-times, readings, book-signings and unique creation stations for young readers. In partnership with community businesses and non-profits, this free citywide event invites everyone to celebrate stories and the joys of reading.

Denver currently hosts a number of literature events for young adults, but there are not many available in Colorado that provide the opportunity for younger readers to engage with authors and illustrators.

Recognizing this need in the community, Second Star to the Right set out to create a children’s book festival accessible to all. There were three goals in mind for this event: accessibility & inclusivity, educational opportunity, representation of diverse voices through story.

As this mission aligns with the city’s Imagine 2020 initiative to create arts and culture accessible for all members of the community, Denver Arts & Venues provided support for the event through the Cultural Partner Program.

This partnership made it possible for the event to be held in the McNichols Building at the city’s center.

The full festival day will feature local and national award-winning authors and illustrators of board books through middle-grade novels including Pablo Cartaya, Abby Cooper, Melanie Crowder, Tony Ortega and Andrea Wang among others.

Author/illustrator Luke Flowers has been sponsored for the event by Scholastic Books to showcase his Moby Shinobi chapter book series with Macmillan debuting the work of middle-grade novelists Brad McLelland and Luke Sylvester set in the wild west, Legends of the Lost Causes.

In addition to the free full-day book festival on March 17, a “World of Workshops” is open to aspiring artists, writers and storytellers ages 8 years through adult to learn tools for their craft from professionals in the industry.

This free day of workshops includes sessions for artists, filmmakers, writers and actors. Presenting authors and illustrators will share their expertise with attendees through these offerings.

Workshops will also be provided by professionals associated with community non-profits including Historic Elitch Theatre, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Art from Ashes and Denver Open Media.