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Pavilion Reading Schedule | Adult Readings & Talks | Main Festival Page

sponsored by Metro Public Libraries!

Join us at the Festival for a fun-filled day of family activities. Kids of all ages will want to join us for author readings, musical performances, games, crafts, and more!

Click here to download a flyer for the Children's Pavilion!



M. T. Anderson is an award-winning author of stories for adults, picture books for children, adventure novels for young readers. His picture books include The Serpent Came to Gloucester, Strange Mr. Satie, and Me, All Alone, at The End of the World. He is currently working on two series for young readers: the Pals in Peril series books of which the most recent are Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware and Agent Q, or, the Smell of Danger; and The Norumbegan Quartet, which includes The Game of Sunken Places and the recent The Suburb Beyond the Stars. Anderson says, "I love writing for younger readers. I love their passion. I love their commitment to stories. I love the way their heads are exploding with all the things they want to say and do." Anderson lives in New York City. Note: M. T. Anderson will also deliver a talk for older kids and adults in the Spruce Room at 3:30pm! (Ages 8 and up) 2:30 pm


Marsha Wilson Chall was born and raised in Minnesota and sets her stories in the lakes, woods, and prairie land of her native home. Chall has published a childrenís chapter book and seven picture books, including One Pup's Up, Up North at the Cabin, and Bonaparte. Her books have received numerous awards: an International Reading Association Teacherís Choice Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Parents Choice, and Smithsonian Notable recognition. Chall teaches in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. She has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats. (Ages 1-4) 10:30 am


Bruce Lansky was born and raised in New York and now lives in Minneapolis. He has been crowned the "King of Giggle Poetry," and his popular website helps children create their own funny poetry. Lansky has edited eleven poetry anthologies (including No More Homework! No More Tests! and My Dog Ate My Homework!) and three silly songbook anthologies (including Oh My Darling, Porcupine: and Other Silly Sing-Along Songs), and has written four collections of his own poetry, which altogether have sold over 3 million copies. Lansky is a popular speaker on the school circuit, performing in more than thirty-five schools and teacher conferences each year. (Ages 6-12) 11:30 am


David LaRochelle is a Minneapolis native and grew up in New Brighton. He graduated from St. Olaf College and went on to become a fourth grade teacher when he published his first book in 1988, A Christmas Guest. Since then, LaRochelle has written or illustrated over twenty-five books including the picture books The Best Pet of All, 1+1=5, Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet, and his first novel for young adults, Absolutely, Positively Not, for which he received the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. David is now a fulltime author and illustrator (and a professional pumpkin carver!) and lives in White Bear Lake. (Ages 4-8) 12:30 pm


Stephanie Watson grew up in Minneapolis where she still lives today. Ever since college, she has devoted her time to writing books for young readers. Her first book was Elvis & Olive, a story about two misfit friends who come together to do some serious spying, which was a 2008 Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives came out in 2010 and won the same distinction. Watson won a SASE/Jerome Grant in 2010 and is working on a new storybook for Hyperion Books for Children called The Wee Hours, which will be illustrated by Mary GrandPre.
(Ages 8-12) 1:30 pm


Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Sing-a-long!

Celebrate music and learning for young children with the MacPhail Center for Music. Families with young children are invited to take home a free copy of the CD Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail, while supplies last.

Magician Star Michaelina

Books, music, and magic combine for an exciting, high energy show!

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Enjoy great music and lots of laughs when the Okee Dokee Brothers take the stage in this interactive musical showcase.

Poetry Booth

Join author Stephanie Watson from 10am to 1 pm and compose impromptu poems — special requests welcome!

Hands On Science with RAD Zoo

Get an up-close look at frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes and more with the Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo! Learn about them from the zookeeper and discover some books you can look for at your library if you want to know even more.

Plus Kids Can: Create a Reversible Rock Star Wristband, Play the "Spin & Win" Trivia Wheel, Select a Free Book to Take Home, and more!


10:00 am:      Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Sing-a-long

10:30 am:      Marsha Wilson Chall

11:00 am:      Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Sing-a-long

11:30 am:      Bruce Lansky

12:00 pm:      Magician Star Michaelina

12:30 pm:      David LaRochelle

  1:00 pm:      The Okee Dokee Brothers

  1:30 pm:      Stephanie Watson

  2:00 pm:      The Okee Dokee Brothers

  2:30 pm:      M. T. Anderson

The Children's Pavilion is sponsored by Metro Public Libraries!

Book sales for Children's Pavilion author events provided by Borders!

This program is funded by Minnesotaís Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Children's Pavilion book giveaway is supported by Qwest Pioneers.

To return to the main Twin Cities Book Festival page, click here.