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Join us for the 4th Annual New Orleans Children’s Book Festival on November 15 & 16, 2013. This year, we're kicking off the year of imagination in partnership with City Year! City Year will help keep the spirit of the New Orleans Children’s Book Festival alive all year long. The free festival features storytelling, live music, food, and fun activities for kids of all ages!

First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and Ruby Bridges both believe strongly in literacy and in the power of education. They also believe in the powerful effect that learning can have in bringing children together. This event affords children from all backgrounds the opportunity to get to know one another through the love of books and learning.

The festival offers unique opportunities for children and parents to interact with exceptional writers and storytellers and to enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and demonstrations.

The food, fun, books, and stories are FREE!

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Twinkle, Twinkle

A Night of Music Inspired by Children's Literature

Friday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Twinkle, Twinkle is a special performance by the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras in celebration of the 4th Annual Children’s Book Festival. On the evening of Friday, November 15th, the Youth Orchestra will perform music inspired by children's literature.

Bring picnic blankets and baskets for a night of music and magic under the stars!

Watch a Video of Twinkle Twinkle here:

New Orleans
Children's Book Festival

Saturday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Listen to stories read by your favorite authors...

...Grab a sweet treat or tasty snack...

...Play with a pony who has her own book...

...Hang out with Clifford the Big Red Dog...

...Get FREE Books!

These are but a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy at the New Orleans Children's Book Festival.

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The Children's Book Festival features book readings by some of New Orleans’ most beloved children’s story authors. Check out this year’s featured authors and titles!

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And many, many more authors and storytellers!

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Win a School Visit

When you come to the festival, be sure to check in at the information booth. Your school could win a visit from New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and civil rights icon Ruby Bridges!

Ruby's Story

In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in.

For more information about Ruby, click here


First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and Ruby Bridges encourage students from across New Orleans to participate in the New Orleans Children’s Book Festival Essay Contest. This opportunity provides you with a chance to share your perspectives on reading, imagination and the future of New Orleans.

Participating schools should select up to two students who completed the assignment especially well to represent their school at the Book Festival. Each student will be invited to read an excerpt of his or her writing on stage on Saturday, November 16. Student winners will receive a small gift for their hard work and accomplishments.

Please email the names and grades of your school’s representatives by November 11 to

Year of Imagination

This year the New Orleans Children's Book Festival is partnering with City Year to bring you the Year of Imagination!

City Year Corps members participate in Book Festival each year to offer lots of fun book-related activities. This year, we're partnering to bring those types of activities to schools across New Orleans all year round!

About City Year

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.

In New Orleans, City Year corps members serve in three schools-- Reed Elementary School, Reed High School, and Renew Accelerated High School.

This group is maintained by City Year staff to build and engage our community- prospective and active corps members, alumni, and all those that feel connected to City Year New Orleans.

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