BUFFALO, NY - The free, 2nd annual WNY CHILDREN'S BOOK EXPO (WNYCBE), Buffalo/Niagara's major literary event for children ages 3 - 12, will be held in downtown Buffalo on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A goal of the event is to help children recognize the power of literacy in accomplishing their own potential.
Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, Eric Litwin, is keynote speaker. His four "Pete the Cat" books offer humorous stories with important lessons on overcoming hardship. The song and story guy has written three additional picture books, and his latest series, "Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs," released in August.
Thirty-six authors and illustrators of children's books from across the nation and Canada will be present; many will provide break-out sessions with interactive story-readings and hands-on activities. Many costumed characters, including Curious George, Sabretooth, and princesses, will be present for photo opportunities with the children. Presenting sponsors are BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Monkey See, Monkey Do...Children's Bookstore. Major sponsors are Read to Succeed Buffalo and The Buffalo News.
This year's Expo also features a free Continuing Teacher & Leadership Education (professional development) session for all educators. Judy Bradbury and Susan Busch's workshop, Empowering Families, will introduce attendees to programming designed to bolster children's literacy skills. The WNYCBE is a NYSED Approved Sponsor of CTLE.
"We made a conscious decision to host this event in the city of Buffalo. We also selected our keynote speaker who communicated our beliefs in dreams and inspiration as well as bringing the joy of reading to life. Kim and I believe with persistence and determination all goals are achievable. We want to share this message with all children in western New York, and especially the 33,000 students in Buffalo city schools. We hope to see thousands of students at Eric Litwin's presentations," said Kathleen Skoog, co-founder of the WNYCBE.
"The support of our sponsors has allowed us to host several important authors who will be coming to Buffalo and making positive impressions on students, many for the very first time. We are most excited to offer that rare opportunity. We want children to discover the joy of reading, explore new worlds, and imagine futures that might be quite different from the reality they know," said Kim Krug, bookstore owner and WNYCBE co-founder.
The WNYCBE has arranged for 20 authors to travel here for visits to more than 50 area schools during the week before and after the WNYCBE—more than doubling the number of in-school author visits from 2015. The authors, who will also present at the WNYCBE, will speak at pre-K, elementary and middle schools in surrounding districts including: Akron, Alden, Buffalo, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Clarence, Depew, Grand Island, Hamburg, Kenton, Lancaster, Lewiston Porter, Lockport, Park School, Silver Creek, Starpoint, West Seneca, Williamsville.
The WNYCBE takes place at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, on Sunday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is open to all ages and admission is free. Books will be sold on-site and can be hand-signed by the authors. For more information, visit www.WNYcbe.com or call 204-8417.