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Children’s Day at Brooklyn Book Festival brings beloved books to life

September 15, 2018 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Illustrator Isabel Roxas shows children her book “Let Me Finish” while author Minh Le, right, reads it out loud at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Children’s Day, held at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday. The kids-only event is a prelude to the grownup Brooklyn Book Festival taking place Sunday at Brooklyn Borough Hall and nearby locations. Eagle photos by Mary Frost

“Mommy! Mommy! Books!” was the cry of one boy as he tugged his mother’s hand to rush her faster towards tents and tables filled with literature for children at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday.

The weather was perfect for the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Children’s Day, a kids-only prelude to the grownup Brooklyn Book Festival taking place Sunday at Brooklyn Borough Hall and nearby locations.

Children sat rapt on little stools as award-winning authors read to them (and made corny jokes), got creative with illustrators, had their favorite books signed, petted a therapy dog and attended workshops and performances.

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The pre-teen crowd listened to authors give their takes on middle school, struggles through life without a father and fearless women — with a dash of unicorns for good measure.

Showing why young readers are smarter than many older ones, some kids just sat cross-legged on the ground and read their new favorite book right then and there.

Angel Elektra, a drag queen who reads at Drag Queen Story Hours held at schools and libraries, shows the “Dragtivity Book” written by author Mor Erlich. The book includes activities for kids centered around drag, including finding their own drag names.

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