The children’s section of the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival is the largest children's literary event in Las Vegas. Enjoy nationally recognized authors, illustrators, and storytellers; local authors; informational booths; exhibitions; hands-on activities; theatrical performances; free books; costumed characters; and much more. Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will make an opening keynote presentation at 10 a.m. in the auditorium — “Reading Is Not Optional.” Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays the new Latino neighbor, Mando, this fall on “Sesame Street,” will make his festival debut with Elmo. Internationally acclaimed author, actor and storyteller Antonio Sacre will make bi-lingual presentations. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley will tell stories. Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks will make a motivational presentation. Enjoy live music by the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers. Meet featured authors and illustrators Michael Buckley, Adam Gustavson, Heidi Joulios, Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Elisha Cooper and many more.
Book festival free and open to the public
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Where: Downtown Las Vegas at the Historic Fifth Street School- Centennial Plaza
401 S. Fourth St.
Parking: Free parking available to the public (space limited) at the Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse located at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South (directly east and across from the Historic Fifth Street School)
Metered parking is available for $1 per hour, at the southeast corner of Clark and Fourth Street, (directly south and across the street from the Historic Fifth Street School)
Activities: Arts and Crafts tent, book sales, storytellers, visits with authors, book signings, book giveaways, library card sign up, costumed characters, theatrical performances, science projects, informational booths, illustration and paper cutting workshops and much more.
Presented by: Stay tuned for more information. If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, please call 229-3516.
2013 VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
10:00 AM BALLET FOLKLORICO XYACHIMAL
10:30 AM DISCOVERY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM PRESENTS COLD, HARD FACTS
The world is NOT the same at very low temperatures! Experience the cold, hard facts of what happens to balloons, bananas and more at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
11:00 AM THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
11:40 AM CHEF CHARLES MATTOCKS
12:10 PM ANTONIO SACRE
12:40 PM SIGN DESIGN THEATRE COMPANY
1:00 PM BILL HARLEY
1:40 PM ELMO AND “MANDO,” SESAME STREET’S NEWEST CAST MEMBER
2:15 PM THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
3:00 PM ELMO AND “MANDO,” SESAME STREET’S NEWEST CAST MEMBER
2013 VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING TENT SCHEDULE
10:00 AM HEIDI JOULIOS
10:25 AM BETHANIE MURGUIA
10:50 AM MICHAEL BUCKLEY
11:15 AM BILL HARLEY
11:45 AM ADAM GUSTAVSON
12:10 PM LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCILMAN BOB COFFIN
12:30 PM WALTER DEAN MYERS
1:00 PM KIDS OF LIVERPOOL FROM CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S THE BEATLE’S LOVE
1:25 PM ANTONIO SACRE
1:50 PM CHEF CHARLES MATTOCKS
2:15 PM ELISHA COOPER
2:40 PM HENDERSON LIBRARY PUPPET SHOW PRESENTATION OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
Elmo and Mando
Elmo is a 3 ½-year-old red monster with a high pitched voice and a contagious giggle. Enthusiastic, friendly and cheerful, he always wants to be part of everything that goes on. However, like most preschoolers, he sometimes doesn’t have the skills or knowledge to do what he wants. But that never stops him because he has a very positive, optimistic view of himself and life.
You can see him with his new Latino neighbor, “Armando,” played by actor Ismael Cruz Córdova. Ismael makes his debut as “Mando” when Sesame Street’s 44th season premieres September 16th, 2013 on PBS KIDS. Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, the new season will have a special focus on Hispanic heritage with many new songs and lessons.
A native of Puerto Rico, Ismael holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to joining Sesame Street, he landed a recurring role as “Jimmy Patrick” on the Golden Globe winning CBS drama, The Good Wife and has acted in several films including In the Blood, White Alligator and Chaser. A well-rounded actor, audiences and critics alike have also welcomed Ismael on the stage with an HOLA and ACE award for his performance as “Julio Cesar” in the off-Broadway play, La Luz De un Cigarrillo, by Marco Antonio Rodriguez.
Okee Dokee Brothers
As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers.
Now, as The Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.
The young duo has gained a national following that is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to advance the family music genre.
Celebrity Chef Mattocks
Celebrity chef & Worldwide diabetes advocate
Each career move Celebrity Chef Mattocks has made has been in keeping with his desire to touch lives in a positive way. Inspired by his uncle, the late Bob Marley, Mattocks dared to dream big. After giving a stunning performance in the title role of the Emmy nominated "The Summer of Ben Tyler" Mattocks could have continued as a successful actor. Instead this single dad decided the Hollywood lifestyle was not the best for his young son and moved across the country.
His need to create meals that were tasty, nutritious, and affordable led to his career as "The Poor Chef". Appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and Dr. Oz gave him the opportunity to share what he had learned about feeding a family for less money. Once again he achieved success.
Then came devastating news. Charles Mattocks had type 2 diabetes. He was determined to save his life and knew he had to help others do the same. "The Diabetic You" documentary, website, and, movement came out of that determination to educate and inspire people around the world.
Charles new children's book is sure to educate and inspire as he travels around the country to promote it.
Born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish American mother, is an internationally touring storyteller, author, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and on National Public Radio.
His first picture book, The Barking Mouse, published by Albert Whitman and Company in 2003, was a winner of the 2004 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society. His next two picture books, La Noche Buena, a Christmas Story, and A Mango in the Hand, a Story of Proverbs were published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. Both were chosen for inclusion in the prestigious California Readers Book Collections for School Libraries in 2011and 2012.
His storytelling recordings have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Notable Recipient Award, and the Parent's Choice Gold and Silver Awards.
He is the storyteller-in-residence at the UCLA Lab School on the UCLA campus in Westwood, CA.
A two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. As well as being a prolific author and recording artist, Bill also tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
Bill's trademark wit and wisdom can also be found in his picture books and novels for children. His first novel, The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher was chosen by Bank Street School of Education as one of the best children's books of the year and his second novel, Night of the Spadefoot Toads was awarded the Green Earth Book Award as best environmental book of the year in the children's fiction category. His latest picture book Lost and Found, with illustrations by Adam Gustavson, was Parents' Choice Approved and a nominee for the Great Lakes' Great Books Award. Bill has finished the first book in a new series - Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year - and is hard at work on books 2 and 3.
Walter Dean Myers
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2012-2013
Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers has received every single major award in the field of children’s literature. He is the author of two Newbery Honor Books and five Coretta Scott King Award-winning titles. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and is a three-time National Book Award Finalist as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was the 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people. He has written more than 110 books.
Walter Dean Myers now lives with his wife in Jersey City, N.J. Myers’ youngest son, Christopher Myers, began his children's book career doing research to help his father, and went on to illustrate his father's book Shadow of the Red Moon. Their most recent father-son collaboration is We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and its foundation, Every Child a Reader, are the sponsors of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative.