Decatur Book Festival

This large, independent book festival is right at home, and includes interactive storytimes, performances, kid’s parades and much more to spark a love of reading.

Kidnote Speaker

Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College
Aug. 31. 5 p.m.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2018 US publication of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone,” this year’s Kidnote event will include local authors Becky Albertalli, Laurel Snyder, and Nic Stone, talking about how The Sorcerer’s Stone changed the literary landscape. Tickets are free, but limited to four per person. Online tickets are sold out, but check Little Shop of Stories.

Children’s Kick-off Parades

Decatur Square to the Children’s Stage
Line up at the Community Bandstand
Sept. 1 and 2. Sat. 9:30 a.m. Sun. 11:30 a.m.
Saturday’s theme is “Let it Shine” with author of “Just Add Glitter,” Angela Diterlizzi. Sunday, the theme is Jedi with “Are You Scared, Darth Vader?” author Adam Rex.

Sycamore Family Zone

Sept. 1 and 2. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Kids can enjoy improv, storytelling, highlights from Peter Pan at Serenbe Playhouse, kid authors and more. See schedule here. 

Children’s Stage

See schedule here
Caldecott Award illustrator Yuyi Morales launches her picture book, “Dreamers,” Yuyi tells her own story of arriving in the US from Mexico and how books and libraries carried her and her young son in that time of transition.

Roshani Chokshi and Jennifer Cervantes join forces as part of Disney’s new “Rick Riordan Presents!” imprint to bring new mythologies of Indian and Mayan folklore.

Author Henry Lien presents “Pea Sprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword,” a tale of a young girl finding her place at an elite school that combines ice skating with martial arts.

Jeanne Birdsall returns to share “Penderwicks at Last,” the final volume in the series about four sisters and the bond that they share.

“Harry and the Potters” performance: As a bookend to the weekend’s celebration of the “Sorcerer’s Stone,” the Wizard Rock group, “Harry and the Potters,” will perform.

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