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Kids Fest



Children's Book FEStival with

Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean!

Saturday, October 14th | 10am - 12pm

Join us at the Midtown Scholar for a morning packed with fun activities for all the little bookworms in your family! We're celebrating the book launch for award-winning children's illustrator Lauren Castillo's not-yet-released children's book on E.B. White, A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider. This book will be available for purchase at this event ONLY, until its publication date of October 24th. Lauren will be joined by children's illustrator Jonathan Bean, illustrator of Real Cowboys. Alongside story times with these acclaimed illustrators, we're thrilled to welcome Gamut Theatre Group’s Popcorn Hat Players as they take the stage with a free interactive performance of a family-favorite: Aesop’s Fables, with showtime at 11:00am. The fun doesn't stop there — we'll have arts & crafts, dancing, and, of course, books for all ages! This program is sponsored by Harrisburg Academy.

Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean will be available to sign copies of their books during the event. 



Lauren Castillo studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winning book Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, and City Cat by Kate Banks. She currently shares a cozy studio space with artist Jonathan Bean at The Millworks in Harrisburg, Pa. 

Praise for A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider

"This book has the feel of poetry . . . an important glimpse into how inspiration can pop up anywhere."-- Booklist

"Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning brown ink-and-watercolorillustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be. . . A stunner―radiant even."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Jonathan Bean grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children's literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he's worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Praise for Real Cowboys

"[Real Cowboys] may well persuade readers to trade their ninja outfits for chaps, bandanas, and 10-gallon hats."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"An eloquent response to anyone with a simplistic picture of the cowboy as a rough, tough working man and nothing else." —Kirkus

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