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Santa Elena History Center, Beaufort, SC

The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s second annual Children’s Book Fair will be held Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay Street. The event is free and open to readers of all ages, with an emphasis on activities for children ages 4-12.

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The Children’s Book Fair is a day-long event of interactive workshops, readings, and book signings. Some of this year’s events will include a treasure hunt led by Susan Diamond Riley, author of The Sea Island’s Secret; a Beaufort County Library System bookmobile, offering young attendees a chance to get their first library cards and to check out books; face painting; book give-aways throughout the day; a Camp Conroy tent, featuring young Camp Conroy authors; and a “banned book jail cell” featuring children’s books that have been banned in the past. Incarcerated books will include Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and The Lorax Tree by Dr. Seuss. Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina’s poet laureate, will lead a discussion on the history of banned books.

This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

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Michael Bassett (Batrocks and Greenie), Patricia Bee (Try’umsee’s Wings, Mama’s Pearls), Lisa Anne Cullen (Little Orange Honey Hood, Three Wild Pigs), Rebecca Chamberlain (Maralee and the Turtles of the Sea), Delores B. Nevils (Amadeus, the Leghorn Rooster), Chelsea Rowe (Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything), Susan Diamond Riley (The Sea Island’s Secret), Miho Kinnas (Today, Fish Only and Move Over, Bird), Marlena Smalls and Marianne Rice (Anire’s Adventure), Helen Wilbur (Lily’s Victory Garden), Marjory Wentworth (Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets), and Camp Conroy authors (Re-World: Fix the Damage Done)


Michael Bassett with
Batrocks and Greenie




Patricia Bee with
Try ‘umsee’s Wings and Mama’s Pearls




Rebecca Chamberlain with
Maralee and the Turtles of the Sea




Lisa Anne Cullen with
Little Orange Honey Hood, Three Wild Pigs




Delores B. Nevils with
Amadeus. the Leghorn Rooster




Miho Kinnas with
Today, Fish Only and Move Over




Marianne Rice with
Anire’s Adventure (with Marlena Smalls)




Susan Diamond Rilley with
The Sea Island’s Secret




Chelsea H. Rowe with
Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything




Marlena Smalls with
Anire’s Adventure (with Marianne Rice)




Marjory Wentworth with
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets




Helen Wilbur with
Lily’s Victory Garden





10:00-10:30 a.m.-Miho Kinnas– Haiku Tanka, Linked Haiku, and Halibu Prose: From a Haiku to a book with audience participation, participants learn the stages of creativity and production of the poetic form of Haiku. Ages 12 and older.

10:30-11:00 a.m. -Lisa Anne Cullen– Illustration in Picture Books: Participants will explore how an artist determines what to illustrate in picture book stories. Illustrating always starts with knowing as much as possible about the characters. This workshop highlights the fun artistic process of picture book illustration.

11:00-2:00 LUNCH (available for purchase)

12:00-12:30 p.m. -Rebecca Chamberlain– Telling Stories Through Pictures: This workshop touches on the process of illustrating a standard 32-page picture book for children. Participants preview thumbnail sketches and original artwork from Maralee and the Turtles of the Sea as they create quick one-inch thumbnail sketches from a story idea. Discover how to develop a character and explore how to add movement, emotion, and action into illustrations. A picture book template is provided to each participant. This course is suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced artist. Standard pencils and erasers are needed for this workshop.

12:30-1:00 p.m. -Helen Wilbur– Write Your Garden: Participants work on their skills with a hands-on exercise using their five senses to build a word garden. In this session for budding writers, author Helen Wilbur shares her story of a young girl’s determination to grow her garden in Lily’s Victory Garden. With the right tools, discover how an idea as small as a seed can be nurtured to grow into a story. Young writers will build a word garden. Ages 8 and older.

2:00-3:00 p.m. -Susan Diamond Riley– Find Your Lost Treasure: Following a reading from her newly published chapter book, The Sea Island’s Secret, Susan Diamond Riley will send participants on a treasure hunt to find previously hidden messages in bottles. Once found, the messages will be decoded to reveal their hidden meanings. Ages 8 and older.

2:00-3:00 p.m.- BOOKMOBILE

3:00-4:00 p.m. -Marlena Smalls and Marianne Rice– Readings and Stories in Song: Participants will explore culture through the eyes and voices of children.


This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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