The third annual WNY Children’s Book Expo will bring 40 well-known authors to Buffalo schools next month.
The expo kicks off with KidsLit Week from Saturday to Nov. 10. During that time, nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from Pre-K through middle school. The event concludes with Expo on Nov. 11 with a daylong showcase of new and beloved books written for kids that will take place in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center; that event is free and open to the public.
More information about the expo can be found at monkeysread.com/wnycbe-home or by calling 204-8417.
Meanwhile, expo organizers recently received a $9,900 grant from the Garman Family Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, to be used for six author visits at three Buffalo public schools: Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, West Hertel Academy. Juana Medina and Jonah Winter will visit West Hertel Academy on Nov. 8; Salina Yoon and Lesa Cline-Ransome will visit Dr. Lydia T. Wright School the same day; and Kathryn Otoshiand EB Lewis will visit Waterfront Elementary on Nov. 9
Anne Ryan is executive director of Read to Success Buffalo, an expo partner. She said the Garman Family Foundation grant will be a big boost.
“Read to Succeed Buffalo’s vision is to transform educational outcomes for Buffalo’s children through a community wide priority on literacy,” Ryan said in a news release. “One of the best ways to achieve this vision is by promoting excellent children’s literature. We know that primetime TV has less challenging vocabulary than high-quality children’s books, so getting a book into the hands of a child can be a truly life-changing opportunity for them and their caregivers. Our goal in partnering with the Western New York Children’s Book Expo is to increase the number of economically disadvantaged children with access to an in-person author visit at their Buffalo elementary school and a trip to the Expo to get a quality children’s book of their very own.”