The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story. Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 7th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 10-12, 2015.
“The bookmark contest has become a staple of the Children’s Book Festival since we started in 2008,” said Ingrid Kloss, development director at The Learning Lamp. “Last year, we received almost 1,000 entries from local students. The kids love the friendly competition and always turn in great work.”
The bookmark contest is divided into four age brackets: preschool and kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, and 5th and 6th grade. Book festival attendees each get one vote per age bracket. Each division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books.
New this year, teachers can enter to win a classroom set of books by submitting their students’ bookmarks together. Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools. Any child from preschool to sixth grade can take part, even if their school is not participating in the contest. Visit thelearninglamp.org for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904. The deadline to submit is March 13, 2015 by 5 p.m.
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is sponsored by The Learning Lamp and is held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center. Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences for students. Featured artists in 2015 include: Dave Roman, author/illustrator of Astronaut Academy, Mark Weakland, author of Zombies and Forces of Motion, Greg Pizzoli, author/illustrator of the 2015 PA One Book, Number One Sam, and Zachariah OHora, author/illustrator of the 2012 PA One Book, Stop Snoring Bernard. Attendees can also expect entertaining musical and theatre performances, along with arts and crafts, and used and new book sales. Every child who comes to the Book Festival walks away with a free book from FirstBook.
For more information on the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 814-262-0732 or visit thelearninglamp.org.