25 years ago, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati noticed that African American children’s literature was not being celebrated enough in the Philadelphia area. This inspired her to create the African American Children's Book Project non-profit organisation with the goal of preserving children’s literature written by or about African Americans.
One of their first major events was the African American Children's Book Fair which will be celebrating its silver anniversary tomorrow.
From 250 initial attendees to an average of 3500 yearly, this has evolved into one of the biggest events for African American children’s books in the U.S.
One of their initiatives they have pioneered is “"Preserve A Legacy, Buy A Book" which aims to put more books into homes. There will definitely be tons of books for purchase, signings, prizes and fun activities for kids and parents.
Over 20 talented authors and illustrators are slated to be in attendance including Elizabeth Zunon, illustrator of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne and G. Todd Taylor, author of Dad Who Will I Be.
The festivities begin tomorrow from 1-4pm at the Community College of Philadelphia and best of all it's FREE and open to everyone.
If you're in the area make sure you stop by and tell us how it was!