Celebrate reading, writing and illustration with the kids at Once Upon a BookFest


The free event lands in Ashland on May 14th.


It’s been a rough time for books lately, which with all the talk of banning, withdrawing, and otherwise disregarding even certified classics. What better time to introduce a youngster in your life to the joy of reading – and bring them face to face with some real life writers and illustrators?

That’s exactly what the organizers of Once Upon A BookFest have in mind. The free event, taking place at MetroWest on Saturday, May 14, is billed as “A Festival for the Young at Heart” and aims to celebrate children’s books, authors and readers, ranging from picture books through junior high to YA, along with comics (of course).

The event will feature writers and illustrators including Nandini Bajpai (Red Turban White Horse), LJ Baptiste (COMIXSCAPE), Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast), Jannie Ho (Mitzi and the Big Bad Nosy Wolf”), Kelly Light (“Louise Loves Art”), Debbi Michiko Florence (“Keep It Together, Keiko Carter”), Mark Parisi (“Marty Pants”), Tak Toyoshima (“Secret Asian Man”) and many more other.

“Local families have the opportunity to ask questions about the creative process, participate in activities and learn about different cultures represented in stories and illustrations,” said organizer Bonnie Mitchell of the Arts Ashland Alliance. “The event will reinforce the value of reading, inspire children to write and/or illustrate their own stories, and create greater awareness of the resources available in the library.”

Visitors can also expect hands-on workshops, author presentations, and book sales and signings – plus food trucks! Once Upon A BookFest will be held at the Ashland Public Library on Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 4pm.

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Lindsay Lowe

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