The Seattle Children’s Book Festival is fighting hard to return to Seattle for a second year.
The free festival aims to promote literacy in children within the greater Seattle area by hosting a physical book fair and fundraiser. During the book fair, guests can meet some of the country’s best children’s book authors and illustrators and donate money towards new books for local schools in need. The event will also feature child-friendly literacy activities as well as presentations by award-winning children’s authors and illustrators.
Last year, the Seattle Children’s Book Festival debuted for the first time, raising over $14,000 to buy books for children in need throughout the Seattle area.
SCHOOL DONATIONS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED!!!!
Thanks to everyone who donated on the day of our festival, we were able to deliver $7,269.94 worth of brand new high-interest books to Wing Luke and Rising Star Elementary. More to come in the spring w/free book fairs! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/YGzcAz0GMh
— Seattle Children’s Book Festival (@SeattleBookFest) November 6, 2019
Although organizers have chosen their dates and event location, the festival is currently at a standstill, facing issues with permitting. A festival representative told Daily Hive that they are not able to disclose any festival information until all four of their required permits are approved.
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The festival is currently waiting on a construction permit, which was submitted in November. Festival organizers are hoping to have approval within the next few weeks but are understanding of the fact that they may have to wait another month.
When asked about funding, the festival spokesperson noted that they’ve had a lot of success with individual donations through online fundraisers but are still hoping to receive grants and corporate sponsors. “We are 100% volunteer-run and don’t have a full-time person on funding, which makes it ultra challenging to get money. Because we’re scaling up this year, we will need around $12,000 to cover the cost of the festival and if we can get $15,000, we can bring in shuttles to help with parking issues.”
Festival organizers have confirmed that they have posters ready to go and are expecting the festival to be bigger and better than last year. If you’d like to keep up with the festival, follow their Facebook or Twitter, and meet the organizers in-person at their Anko pop-up events.
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