Books Come to Life for Families at the Target Children’s Book Festival

Festival Brings Free, Family Entertainment to the Twin Cities, Including Readings and Music Performances

On Saturday, September 13, children of all ages and their families will gather at Three Rivers Park District's Hyland Lake Park Reserve for the Target Children’s Book Festival presented by the Star Tribune. The event, which is free to the public, will feature book readings and signings, live entertainment and musical performances – all to help foster children’s love for reading as a fun and recreational activity.

During the book festival, which is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., parents and children will have the opportunity to learn about Target’s commitment to providing reading resources for families, as well as programs and partnerships the company supports that encourage parents and children to read together.

"Target is committed to cultivating a love of reading in children at an early age," said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. "This book festival provides Minneapolis-area families with a rich and meaningful way to explore reading together in a unique setting, with a multitude of activities to stimulate children’s interest in books."

The Target Children’s Book Festival will feature a number of live readings throughout the day. Among the authors reading on stage will be Nancy Carlson, author of Henry’s Amazing Imagination!; Melodee Strong, author of the You are Important Series; and ; KARE-11's Rick Kupchella, author of Girls Can!: Make it Happen. Musical highlights will include Lisa Loeb, The Jimmies and Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players. A special appearance also will be made by the voices of Nick Jr.’s The Wonder Pets! – Sofie Zamchick, Teala Dunn and Danica Lee.

Authors and performers will share the stage with the "Big Red Chair," the larger-than-life reading chair that symbolizes the company's commitment to supporting early childhood reading. Target recognizes the integral role reading plays in shaping a child’s future. Because reading is the foundation for lifelong learning, Target supports early childhood reading through programs and events that aim to foster a love of reading at an early age. Throughout the year, Target sponsors numerous book festivals across the country, featuring live, free family-focused entertainment. Book festivals are a cornerstone of Target’s commitment to early childhood reading because they encourage families to explore reading together in a unique setting with a multitude of activities to stimulate children’s interest in books.

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