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Children’s Book Day event Dec. 3 in Seattle to feature BIPOC authors

A chance to have fun and meet your new favorite author!

Immerse yourself in family fun and literature as Town Hall Seattle and the Seattle Urban Book Expo present Children’s Book Day on Dec. 3.

A showcase for BIPOC authors of kids’ books, the event also will include face painting and other fun. It is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.

Organizer Jeffrey Cheatham II calls the event a “returning to my roots” moment. He has been self-publishing children’s books since 2014 and has long been a fan and advocate of authors of color. He says families want to read BIPOC authors but sometimes can’t find their work. He likes to help connect writers and readers.

“Throughout my career, I hear families asking if there more BIPOC children’s book authors in the area that they can find and support. This event is the answer to that.”His organization, Seattle Urban Book Expo, is “a writing services and promotions organization for self-published authors of color” and has held author events in the past. This is the first time it will focus on children’s books.

“My goal for this event is for families to meet their new favorite children’s book author,” says Cheatham.

The event actually kicks off the night before, with a Q&A with award-winning author and illustrator Jessixa Bagsley at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

The Saturday portion will feature 18 authors in a festive atmosphere including face painting and other activities.

Admission is free to all, but people are asked to reserve tickets online through Town Hall.

Children’s Book Day: the lineup

Danitra Hunter
Tyrah Majors
La Manda Davis
Edwin Gilven
Kacie Washington
Joy Sparks
Kim Johnson
Jeffrey Cheatham II
Faduma Bulale
Joe Brooks
Sana Vinoth
Amber McDowell
Ebrima Camara
Crystal St. Louis
Chanita Stone
Shambrekia Wise
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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 14-year-old girl.