Sunday, August 31, 2008

Reading in the Streets

Today we went to the Decatur Book Festival.  It's one of the top ten book festivals in the country and over 250 best selling authors made appearances over the weekend.  I REALLY wanted to see Joshilyn Jackson, but she was only there on Saturday.
Decatur is an historic old town with a quaint downtown square where the festival is held.
The kids made bookmarks (of course!)
And looked at booth after booth full of books.  Christian and I were in heaven!  Although I practiced great restraint.
Carolyn and Coleman made puppets.
Stellaluna (one of my FAVORITE children's books!)
And Clifford.
And they even got their picture taken with Bullseye, the Target dog.  (Did you know he had a name? Neither did I.)
We also sat and listened to a storyteller tell a story about Br'er Rabbit.  Joel Chandler Harris was from Georgia and lived in Atlanta as an adult.  The kids were fascinated.
We had a wonderful time, but it is definitely still August in Georgia.  It was VERY hot and we were all happy to get back into the air-conditioning!

Coincidentally, the The Margaret Mitchell House is one of the participating communities for The Big Read and had a booth set up with information and activities.


Kari said...

I wish you had seen Joshilyn Jackson! I thought Gods in Alabama was a great book. (I liked it better than Between, Georgia. I see you've read her new one, too. Did you like it?)

(Also, I saw on the side that you read My Summer of Southern Discomfort. I liked that one a lot. I haven't heard if she has anything else out, but that was a good summer book for me last year.)

Paula said...

That looks like so much fun!

Kim Thomas said...

I love the picture with the target dog

Wendy said...

Regarding the last post: "Oh, jambalaya, crawfish pie, file gumbo...we're gonna have big fun on the bayou!" (Sorry...)

You should go check out The Wren's Nest - Joel Chandler Harris''s over on the west side of ATL, can't remember which neighborhood; it's been too long since I've been there. We went there for a school field trip once.

Queen B said...

Bullseye is a troubling name for an animal ;)

GREAT pics!

I mom, therefore I blog.