Are you ready for the Miami Book Fair? I can’t wait to take the little ones and experience it as a family. It is time to discover new authors together and encourage them to read, read, read! This year the book fair takes place November 13th to the 20th at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. I am going to keep you posted on everything the fair offers. There will be free activities, free books, and literacy programs you won’t want to miss out on. I will share as many updates as I can get to make sure we are Getting Ready For The Miami Book Fair!
Children’s Alley at The Miami Book Fair
Besides award-winning author presentations s for kids of all ages, a back-to-back schedule of music, dance, and theatrical performances with author readings and storytellers deftly mixed in, as well as draw-off competitions each day with hot graphic novelists and illustrators are all available to us:
For three days, all day, Nov. 18-20, 9am-3pm- kids and their parents can take in all of the activities at the Fair’s popular pop-up fun rooms, located in Children’s Alley:
(Ages 0-3): Tot Time Play and Learn
Babies, caregivers, and toddlers play and learn together with hands-on activities for children ages 0-3. Help a bird take a bath. Build and destroy a block tower. Use finger paint to make new colors. Count kisses and play Simon Says. Dress up and dance like an animal, try on a baby mustache, and more! Siblings as old as five are welcomed. Featured books: The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, Mix It Up! and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!
(Ages 4-12) Science Fair
Discover the wonders of our great planet (and beyond!) with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Search for buried fossils. Plant a take-home plant from native seeds. Dive into a squid dissection. Soar through space and construct a comet, and more!
(Ages 4-12): The Rhythm Factory
Sing-a-long, move and groove! Try out instruments from around the world in the musical corner. Learn about different musical instruments and families. Swing and sway to the rhythms of Latin, jazz, and other styles of music. Rock-out and bang your very own percussion instrument. Featured
(Ages 4-12) The Paintbox
Create a work of art inspired by…books! ALL kinds of books! Enter a magical land where everyone is an author, illustrator, and bookmaker — including you. Write your fantastic story, make the pages come alive with your illustrations and bind your very own original book. Adopt a book from our “Book Mountain” and turn it into something new. All you need is your imagination! Our expert bookmakers will be there making sure that your book is amazing enough to be published! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama Art Supply for their generous donations. Featured books: We are in a Book!, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and It’s a Book.
(Ages 4-12) Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids
Want to get healthy and stay that way? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to get rid of germs, especially on your teeth! You’ll want to show those pearly whites after dental hygienists and their puppets teach you the right way to brush. Learn about good nutrition so you can grow healthy and strong!
(Ages 4-12) One World, Many Stories
Bring your imaginary passports as we take a literary journey to Mexico, India and Vietnam. Travel with us to Italy, England, Morocco and beyond! Explore foreign cultures through storytime, folk tales, myths, and plays! Put what you’ve learned to work and create Calavera masks, construct dioramas of the Italian city of Calabria, fashion Moroccan lanterns, and more!
More Fun for Children
Kids can visit the Children’s Alley Information Booth to pick up a Fun Room passport. As they travel and experience the Fun Rooms, kids will receive a stamp on their passport,and for those who fill up their passport can exchange their passport for a free book to take home!
Of course, there will be plenty for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults. Visit our friends at Los Tweens for more details on what is available for your older children.
I promise to bring you as much information as I can, so you can make the most out of your visit to the Miami Book Fair this year. You can also