The Lititz Kid-Lit Book Festival 2012

I usually don’t post on Tuesdays, but I wanted to tell you about the Lititz Kid-Lit Book Festival that was held this past weekend in Lititz, PA. This is the second year I went to the festival and I already can’t wait for next year! The festival is put on by Aaron’s Books, an AWESOME independent book store in Lititz (click HERE to go to their website). Sam of Aaron’s Books told me that the event was a big success and that they are already making plans for next year!

There was a bunch of authors there and it was really great to meet them! I really enjoyed hearing Nick Bruel talk about his book, “Bad Kitty”. He was totally funny! I like how he reads. Did you know that some of the foods Kitty gets from the supermarket in the book are real (like Chicken Cheesecake and Buffalo Burritos!)? Isn’t that cool?

I also took a kid writing class with author Jessica Spotswood (author of “Born Wicked”)! She talked about writing arguments in novels and about writing conversations.

We then got a chance to write our own arguments (we had ten minutes to write it and then we read them out-loud to the class). Here’s the argument I wrote in the class –

Angela twirled around and faced Jamie, anger flashing in her eyes.

“Are you saying that you want me to turn my back on my family, even Evan, to join a cause to stop some “Lord Darkness” from taking over, when I have NO IDEA what’s going on?!” She was at theย verge of tears.

“Yes, Angela. They want us to help them. I agree that you shouldn’t walk away from everything you know, but this is important.” Jamie was calm as he spoke.ย “You don’t want to be ruled by some maniac who thrives on shadows, do you?” Angela hated how calm he could be at times when she felt out of control. Jamie continued to speak.

“Why you…” She suddenly struck him. Jamie brought his hand up to his nose which was bleeding, his face scrunched in pain.

Angela gasped, “Sorry Jamie! I didn’t mean to! Please forgive me! I’ll go get Sarah. She’llย stop the bleeding.”

“It’s fine. Lets get you up to date.” Jamie replied, his voice pleasant and smooth.

I heard the author of the Library Mouse books, Daniel Kirk, read his books, play his guitar, and have a sing-along! He was nice!

I also joined in a drawing class with authors Brian Biggs (Everything Goes) and Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers). In the class, I drew a cover for a possible comic book titled “The Cow Who Loves Steak” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! I liked the tips they gave us for drawing comics! They both made us laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

I got to meet Froggy of…well…Froggy fame ๐Ÿ™‚ Who doesn’t LOVE the Froggy books?!?

I also got to go to a great seminar by kid mystery writer Michael Biel (The Red Blazer Girls books) who talked about writing mysteries and what it takes to be a good detective. He also told us where he got his idea for his newest book, “Summer at Forsaken Lake”. It came from a movie called “The Seaweed Strangler” he made with his brother when he was 12! He showed us the movie too ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was very funny!

I also got to talk to A.S. King, Courtney Sheinmel, and Alison Formento, who were all awesomely nice!

Best of all I got some great books to read! ๐Ÿ™‚

I got (going down):

“Stella Batts Book 1: Needs a New Name” by Courtney Sheinmel

“Elf Realm Book 1: The Low Road” by Daniel Kirk

“The Popularity Papers Book 4: The Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang” by Amy Ignatow

“The Summer at Forsaken Lake” by Michael Beil

“These Bees Count!” by Alison Formento

“A Bad Kitty Christmas” by Nick Bruel

“Library Mouse” by Daniel Kirk

“Everything Goes: In The Air” by Brian Biggs

After the festival, my parents took us to Chocolate World in Hershey PA.

Authors + Books + Chocolate = AWESOME time!

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32 replies

  1. How fantabulous! Sounds like you took so much away with you. Love your argument! Crystal clear.

  2. This event sounds like it was so much fun and such a great learning experience. From sing-alongs to writing arguments to meeting Froggy, I’m glad you had a chance to experience it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This sounds like a really busy day! Was it all in one day?? Yikes! I took a nap on the couch, sniffed a new dog in the neighborhood, and ate a leaf.

    Love and licks,

  4. Oh, I LOVE to go to festivals like this one. What a great time!

  5. Sounds like a great time! I wish I lived closer so I could go:) Great argument, well done! Thanks for sharing your experience. I really enjoyed it.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  6. What a fabulous event for you. I love your argument — 10 minutes I’m impressed! Glad you had such a wonderful time, met so many authors, bought a lot of books and shared everything with us!

  7. Wow, Erik, what fun! You have some great pictures, too. How cool to have so many talented authors in one place presenting their books, and engaging children in literary arts. Such a super event. I’m always impressed with your writing, and looking forward to your stories in print. When will that be?
    best wishes,

  8. Great blog, Erik! It was a pleasure meeting you Saturday. Certainly sounds like you got your money’s worth!
    Keep up the fantastic work!
    Michael Beil

  9. Lucky! What a great bookstore to put together such an event! So glad you had fun AND were able to ‘take home’ a lot more than a great pile of books!

  10. Wow Erik what a great week end. I am in Ohio but it was still too far. You are the luckiest kid I know. What wonderful classes they gave. I think you do a fantastic job with your argument, and in only ten minutes. Just remember, when you are ready for your chapter book to be reviewed, here I am, anxiously waiting.

  11. What a fabulous event, and how cool that you got to meet all those authors and illustrators and take workshops from them! I’m not sure if I agree with you that chicken cheesecake and buffalo burritos being real is cool ๐Ÿ™‚ but you have been photographed with Froggy and there’s no denying the coolness of THAT! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This was a really great event Ms. Hill ๐Ÿ™‚ The classes were awesome. It is nice they had some for kids, not just adults. I don’t think I’d want to eat chicken cheesecake, but Mr. Bruel told us it is a real food! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Wow Erik! This event looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. OMG! Froggy!?? The coolness factor of this whole experience is off the scale. Easy to see why you love this festival so much and can’t wait till the next one. Great argument, too. Thanks for the fun post!

    P.S. Hope you ate some chocolate for me at Hershey World. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Thanks for mentioning my books, Erik. It was a fun festival and I enjoyed meeting Froggy and you, too! You are one savvy, smart reader-reviewer and it was great chatting about great books with you.

  15. Erik, you wrote about the festival so well I felt like I was right there with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I particularly like your last sentence – a winning combination indeed.

  16. Such a lovely write up about the Festival, sounds like a LOT of fun, Erik. It’s always great to meet authors in person and learn so many things about their creative process. Your photos look great! You are growing up to be such a heartbreaker! ๐Ÿ™‚

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