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Be prepared to blow your budget: book fairs

November 30, 2010

Moonshot's illustrator, Brian Floca, will read and sign (our household favorite) book at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori Book Fair on December 11th.

I have been known to blow my whole monthly budget at book fairs- which is why I am particularly concerned that 3 good ones are all coming up around holiday time. I’ll have to hold myself back….

The International School of Brooklyn’s French and Spanish Children’s Book Fair (Friday, Dec. 3rd and Saturday, Dec. 4th)
This wonderful book fair is frequented by parents and teachers alike perusing the edited collection of French and Spanish magazines, books, games, music and more.  There will also be children’s activities, bake sale and face painting.
Friday from 2-7 pm and Saturday from 11am- 3 pm. ISB is at 477 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. For more information, visit their site.

Grace Church School Holiday Book and Toy Fair (Friday, Dec. 3rd and Saturday, Dec. 4th)
This book fair is a little bit different as you can buy both books and toys: it’s a one stop shop. On Saturday they will have free snacks and entertainment for the children while you get to shop. 10:30 am are book readings and signings, 11:30 am is a children’s sing along.
Details: Grace Church School at 254 Hicks Streeet at Joralemon. Friday from 9 am- 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm http://gracechurchschool.org

The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (Saturday, December 11)
This is one of  the best school book fairs I have been to. The finely culled group of books touches on a lot of different interests: math, science, early reader and picture books. I went twice in fact- I couldn’t bear to miss out on some of their selections. Each book has a title card with some info- it’s a bit like having a seasoned librarian at your side, recommending each book personally. There are crafts (bookmark making, book bag decorating, book covers), a bake sale and….they also have some rock-star childrens’ authors there to sign and read from their books including: New York Times best seller E. Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks; The Treasure Map of Boys); Tad Hills of the beloved pictures books How Rocket Learned to Read and Duck and Goose; illustrator Brian Floca who will take kids to the moon and back with Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,(this is one of my son’s favorites) and Laurence Klavan and Susan Kim, creators of the mysterious Brain Camp. Additionally, Michael Bitz of the Comic Book Project will conduct a workshop on making comic books for kids ages 9 – 13 (space is limited to the first 25 kids).  The fair, a free, public event, runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Author reading schedule:
10:30 a.m. Tad Hills
11:15 a.m. Brian Floca
12:00 p.m.  Comic Book Workshop with Michael Bitz
1:00 p.m. E. Lockhart
2:00p.m. Laurence Klavan and Susan Kim
Authors will sign their books immediately following their reading.
Details:  Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School at 185 Court Street (entrance on Bergen Street). For information call 718-858-5100 x112 or e-mail pa@bhmsny.org.