Help Little Readers Thrive With Activities at CALS Lit Fest
Fairy and folk tales rule the day at this year's CALS Lit Fest! With lots of free activities promoting literacy, there are events aimed at kids and the entire family.
Kid-friendly events are taking place at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children Library and at the Main Library on April 27 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and range from live performances to visiting with animals to learning origami.
The Little Readers Rock campagin, put on by Junior League of Little Rock, is partnering with the Lit Fest this year for a day full of fun activities for young readers, including ways to get books home with every child who visits.
Check out the schedule of kid-friendly events happening at this year's Lit Fest below.
At the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library
Pose Like a Prince/Princess: Photo Booth, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Capture a regal moment with your kids.
Take Home Free Tales: Book Fair, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Choose some of your own free books to take home. Books provide by the Junior League of Little Rock and CALS.
Create a Crown: Crafts You Can Wear, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Build one in preparation for "The Emperor’s New Clothes," or simply to feel royal all day.
The Kinders, 9 a.m.
The rollicking, good-time recording artists put on a concert of original songs for kids.
Meet the Billy Goats Gruff, 10 a.m.-noon
Three goats from Heifer Village and Urban Farm will be present.
Story Time with Nancy Pruitt, 10 a.m.
Arkansas author Nancy Pruitt reads from her book, Winston the Pony Goes to a Party.
Making Merry Music: Drum Circle, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Searcy Ewell, Jr. helps kids explore the power of percussion.
Hot Dogs for Hansel and Gretel, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Free lunches are provided for hungry tots.
Grow Your Own Bean Stalk, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Plant some magic beans with Drew Bradbury and carry home your new stalk to be.
Story Time with Craig O’Neill, 11 a.m.
The lively KTHV anchor shares a bit of Jack & the Beanstalk, and encourages kids to create their own stories.
Story Time with Higgins Bond, 11:30 a.m.
Illustrator Higgins Bond tells the tale of "Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away," which was written by a the lead singer of the group Old Crow Medicine Show, using her illustrations.
Story Time with Jeff Henderson, noon
Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson shares a bit of the classic folk tale, "Stone Soup."
Breathe & Believe: Children’s Yoga, 12:30 p.m.
Tanesha Forrest is back with her terrific animal yoga workshop.
The Emperor’s New Clothes (live stage play), 1 p.m.
The emperor loves clothes. One day a weaver arrives who claims to weave clothes from a special cloth—totally invisible to anyone but the most clever and sophisticated citizens. The emperor is delighted. He simply must have such an outfit to wear in the city’s grand procession. What could go wrong? Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story.
At the Main Library (Youth Services Department)
Reach Out and Read-a-thon, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come listen to a cast of “Celebrity Readers” as they read their favorite stories to your infants, toddlers, preK, and early grade readers. to let your child experience new worlds through the magic of storytelling.
Children’s Book Giveaways, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Picture books, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, how-to books and more! We’ll introduce your Little Library Learner to new books and new genres as we play reading games like a “Book Tasting” and “Musical Book Chairs.” All children qualify for a drawing to take home a new book, provided by Reach Out and Read-Arkansas.
Book Character Costume Contest for Young Children, 10 a.m.
Who is your child’s favorite book character? Amelia Bedelia? Harry Potter? Or could it be the Very Hungry Caterpillar? Let your child dress up as their favorite book character. Prizes and awards for all! Anyone under 12 can participate.
Become a Read-Aloud Family, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Looking for a way to better connect with your child? Want to create lasting family memories that also better prepare your child for school success? This interactive demonstration is for parents to learn how to create a reading culture at home, and discover the benefits of becoming a Read Aloud Family, a successful strategy to make reading more fun.
Author Laurie Friedman, 11:30 a.m.
Author of "Mallory McDonald, Super Sitter" and "Can You Say Catastrophe?" reads from her work and answers questions.
Origami for Kids, noon
The Origami Heroes provide this special workshop tailored for tots.