Weekly Feature

2018-11-08 / Local News

WNY Children’s Book Expo seeks to instill love of reading in youth

The Western New York Children’s Book Expo has announced details for the 2018 event, which kicked off Nov. 5 with KidsLit Week and concludes Nov. 10 with Expo Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The fourth annual WNYCBE is organized by Read to Succeed Buffalo, Monkey See, Monkey Do… Children’s Bookstore and Medaille College.

KidsLit Week runs through Nov. 9 and includes internationally acclaimed authors and illustrators visiting area schools, libraries and other cultural venues. The visits aim at inspiring a love of books among students in pre-K through middle school. In these visits, authors and illustrators will participate in readings and give interactive presentations about their work and the importance of literacy.

Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Expo Saturday is a daylong showcase of new and beloved children’s books. Children will have the opportunity to interact with 37 authors through readings, book signings, presentations and demonstrations. Admission is free, and so is parking at the Fernbach Auto Ramp.

Also, during the event, educators can participate in a New York State-approved, four-hour Continuing Teacher and Leader Education workshop at 8 a.m. The workshop is coordinated by author Judy Bradbury and sponsored by Medaille College. In 2017, nearly 130 educators attended from across upstate New York and southern Ontario. Due to the many positive reviews, the workshop was brought back again this year but is filling up fast.

“It is incredible how this event has taken off,” said Anne Ryan, executive director of Read to Succeed Buffalo. “KidsLit Week has been embraced by the Buffalo Public Schools, and I am so grateful to them and our funding partners like Rich Products, the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Teacher’s Federation, and many others for allowing us to bring these incredible author rock stars to students in 21 Buffalo Public and charter schools.”

“When my mother and I started this event four years ago, we never could have imagined how much it would grow,” said Kim Krug, owner of Monkey See, Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence. “We wanted to create an event that would inspire a love of reading and share a little piece of our bookstore philosophy of ‘bringing books to life’ for all of WNY. This year’s Expo theme is ‘imagine,’ and it brings me joy to imagine the thousands of children across WNY that will be exposed to these talented authors and illustrators.”

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