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August 27, 1996 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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57th Street Children’s Book Fair to Celebrate Tenth-year Anniversary Sunday, Sept. 29, 1996

Featuring a huge parade of storybook characters and more booksellers than ever.

The 57th Street Children’s Book Fair will celebrate its tenth-year anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m., on 57th Street between Kimbark and Dorchester Avenues.

The fair will begin at 1 p.m. with a parade down 57th Street featuring popular storybook characters who have appeared at past 57th St. Children’s Book Fairs, including Peter Rabbit, Spot, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Paddington Bear, one of Maurice Sendak’s “Wild Things,” Miss Frizzle from the “Magic Schoolbus” series and Curious George.

The free book fair celebrates reading and learning with a wide variety of events and activities for children of all ages, including storytellers, children’s-book characters come to life and stacks of affordable books for sale. Sponsored by the 57th Street Preservation Association, with support from the Independent Bookseller Association, the Book Fair has become a Chicago-area institution, with bigger crowds attending each year.

The fair will have three entertainment stages, featuring storytellers, musicians and dancers. Performers will include Chicago-area storyteller Shanta; Marilyn Price, a contemporary puppeteer; students from the Hyde Park School of Ballet; and Hyde Park members of Chicago Children’s Choir.

In addition to providing entertainment, the fair is a showcase for a range of Chicago booksellers interested in children’s literature–from general bookstores selling new and used books to specialty stores focusing on books by and for African Americans and Hispanics. Literature experts will be available to advise parents with special cultural interests.

This year will feature displays and booths from a range of not-for-profit groups including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum, the La Rabida Literacy Awareness Program, the Hyde Park Art Center and the Children’s House at Harper Square.

Perennial favorites at the 57th Street Children’s Book Fair are the life-size storybook rooms where children can wander through scenes from classic children’s books, including Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight, Moon,” Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” Eric Hall’s “Where’s Spot?” and J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”

Food will be served in the adjoining Ray School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. In case of rain, the fair will be held at the Ray School. For more information, call (773) 346-6033 or (773) 702-6421.
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