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Festival celebrates books, local authors

Albany Children's Book Festival to feature 70 authors

The goal of the Albany Children's Book Festival is to promote literacy in children and young readers.

The goal of the Albany Children's Book Festival is to promote literacy in children and young readers.

“It’s pretty rewarding, you get a little publicity and I can imagine writing a really good story with a real publisher in the future,” said Boscoe. “It wasn’t that hard. The whole book rhymes, which was definitely the hardest part.”

Maguire, famed author of Wicked (it was the inspiration for the Broadway play of the same name), will present a talk entitled “Pencil to Paper, Inspiring our Kids to Become Wicked Good Writers,” and afterward there will be a “Breakfast Panel” including four well-known children’s book authors and a moderator to discuss the topic, as well as a light continental breakfast for a fee of $10. The authors, Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Dr. Peter DeWitt, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich will discuss while Dr. Ellen Cole, herself a renowned psychologist and author, will moderate.

The Albany Children’s Book Festival provides a day of fun for the whole family and will surely get everyone present excited to read. Information about the day is available on the festival’s website, www.albanychildrensbookfestival.com.

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