(Archive 2022) The Columbus Children's Book Festival RETURNS May 14th!


Four of our nation’s most acclaimed authors and illustrators for children are coming to Columbus, and they want to say hi to YOU!

The COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL returns to the Columbus Public Library on Saturday May 14th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. In addition to crafts, games, entertainers and more, you’ll have the chance to get an autograph and say hello to:

·        MARC BROWN, the beloved creator of the book series and television series ARTHUR.

·        CHRISTIAN ROBINSON, the incredibly gifted artist and animator (Pixar, Sesame Street) who is rocking the publishing world (and your nearest Target store) with his stunning picture books that explore life in urban settings.

·        JANET TASHJIAN, the much-lauded veteran author whose MY LIFE AS A…  and EINSTEIN THE CLASS HAMSTER series are favorites of older kids and tweens.

·        JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA, the creator of the National Book Award finalist HEY, KIDDO and author/illustrator of the LUNCH LADY and STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY series.

Author appearance times are listed below.

Many of your favorite Festival Activities return as well, including:

·        Craft-o-mania!, with numerous crafts and play activities inspired by our authors

·        Simple Steps Garden, a special play and craft area for our youngest visitors (ages birth to five years)

·        Festival Bookstore, featuring works by our authors that you can purchase for autographs or just to have

·        Costume Characters roaming the grounds

·        DJs, Balloon Twisters, a petting zoo, the Muscogee County Sheriff Gaming trailer, and more!

WACKY WORD HUNT… New this year to the Festival is the Wacky Word Hunt! We’ll hide ten words in locations around the Festival. You and your family will use our decoding tablet to write down the words and decipher our secret code word. Once you do, everyone in your family will receive a small prize and be entered into a drawing for one of our VISA gift cards! You’ll also automatically earn points that will get you halfway to your first completion in the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries Summer Learning Challenge!

Come join us on the 14th! Admission is FREE and no tickets are needed!

AUTHOR APPEARANCE TIMES… This year our authors will be available for autographs and a quick meet-and-greet at the following times:

·        MARC BROWN, 10:30am and 11:45am

·        CHRISTIAN ROBINSON, 10:15am and 11:30am

·        JANET TASHJIAN, 10:45am and 12noon

·        JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA, 11:00am and 12:15pm