All aboard for reading

By From page B6 | September 04, 2013

Fairytale Town presents the 13th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 28 and 29. Sherri Duskey Rinker, the New York Times bestselling author of “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” and “Steam Train, Dream Train,” will headline the two-day festival.

Rinker will present “Steam Train, Dream Train,” which debuted in the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list in April 2013.

“Steam Train, Dream Train” is the eagerly anticipated follow up book to “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” Rinker’s first picture book and the No. 1 New York Times bestseller. In “Steam Train, Dream Train,” the dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls, while zebras referee.

“We are delighted to have Sherri Duskey Rinker headline this year’s ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival,” said Kathy Fleming, executive director of Fairytale Town. “Just like visits to Fairytale Town’s storybook park, ‘Steam Train, Dream Train’ is a magical adventure both children and adults will enjoy.”

The annual festival introduces young children to reading and literature through readings and presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances and hands-on literacy activities.

Regional literacy and arts organizations will be on hand to provide information about early childhood literacy and more. Families can also shop for featured books at the Time Tested Books booth.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the festival and Fairytale Town is free to the public thanks to the event’s sponsor, ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

ScholarShare College Savings Plan provides families with a tax-advantaged way to save for college and also encourages children to learn to love reading early in life so they’ll be ready for college. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, Sierra Health Foundation and Time Tested Books.

For more information visit or call 916-808-7462.

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