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Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is a FREE festival for families of children in preschool through grade 6.

NumeroffWhether you are the parent of a young child, or are a kid at heart, you are bound to be familiar with the hugely popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. The adventures of an exuberantly energetic and bossy rodent have inspired children and parents to read together for 30 years! The Learning Lamp welcomes Laura Numeroff, the New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best, to the 2018 Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown.

The Children’s Book Festival will be held April 7 & 8, 2018 at the BOTTLE WORKS at 411 Third Avenue in Johnstown. Families will be able to meet Numeroff at the festival, where she will present, read to children, and sign booksShe will also be the keynote speaker for the festival’s Saturday Night Author Talk. The panel discussion will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, and is designed to provide published and aspiring authors and illustrators of children’s literature valuable tips for finding their own success in the publishing industry.

Local and regional authors are also welcome to reserve table space at the book festival to meet festival goers and promote and sell their own books throughout the weekend. To reserve space, call Kerri at 814-262-0732 x245 or email kbelardi@thelearninglamp.org


Celebrating its tenth year, the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown aims to provide children in grades PreK – 6 in and their families with a FREE, interactive and engaging literary experience that inspires in children a love for books, encourages parents to read to their little ones, and gives them access to affordable new and used books to build home libraries of their own. And every child who comes to the Book Festival walks away with a free book from the First Book national book bank.


In addition to Numeroff’s presentation, the festival will feature other nationally and regionally known authors, like former Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-15) Kenn Nesbitt, the author of many books for children including Kiss, Kiss Good Night, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and many others. Kenn travels the country, visiting over 60 schools each year, sharing his wacky brand of poetry with kids nationwide, and helping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His website, poetry4kids.com, is the most visited children’s poetry website on the Internet.


Joining our featured author lineup is Mark Weakland. Mark is a literacy consultant, teacher, writer, and musician. He is the author of threeresource books for teachers, a number of award-winning music projects, and more than 50 books for children – including his newest release The West End Treehouse Mystery that is sure to hit home as it is based right here in Johnstown. He greatly enjoys spending time at his western Pennsylvania home, Springwater Farm. Visit his website, MarkWeaklandLiteracy.com, and follow him on Twitter @MarkWeakland.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown will also feature festival-favorite Rock N Roll Pet Store by Mike Zaffuto, storytelling performances by Master Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, arts and crafts activities, and writing/rhyming and illustrating workshops for older kids. New this year will be a STEAM-based workshop featuring KidVention – a children’s makerspace that encourages exploration, innovation and tinkering through hands-on projects with a STEAM (science, engineering, technology, art and math) focus. The event also hosts new and used book sales, refreshments, and an annual bookmark contest. Winners of each age bracket receive a basket full of age-appropriate books.

The Learning Lamp is currently seeking festival sponsors that help us to bring renowned authors and illustrators such as Laura Numeroff to Johnstown at NO COST to children and families! We are also seeking corporate sponsors to partner with us in 2018. If interested in sponsoring The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call Kerri at 814-262-0732 x245 or email kbelardi@thelearninglamp.org.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown was named as one of four “Best of the Best” arts projects in Pennsylvania in 2013 by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Are you an aspiring children’s book author and/or illustrator? Check out our Saturday Night Author Talk.

Make sure to follow our page on Facebook at facebook.com/CBFJohnstown for all the latest news! 


Check out the 2018 Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown’s complete schedule of events.


Workshops are best suited for children in grades 3-6 and take place during festival hours. Check out all available workshops here.

Grant funding provided by: The National Endowment for the Arts and the PA Council on the Arts.

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