The festival offers great entertainment for young children on the Showtime Stage, where storytelling from leading authors and illustrators is mixed in with performances that will get kids dancing.
We also offer indoor programs that can help you find great great books that both you and your children will enjoy, and also help you learn a bit more about children’s literature.
- Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part 1: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults (with Ana Aranda, Jon Agee, Gennifer Choldenko, William Joyce, Michael Slack, moderated by Alex Green) Calling both children and adults to celebrate the joy of reading on a lovely Saturday afternoon in the big tent on the grass in the park. No one’s ever too old to read a great story—even if it’s meant for kids. (Aren’t we all still kids inside?) These all-star picture-book creators share some of the key moments and inspirations from their journeys as visual storytellers that both kids and adults will love.
Saturday, June 3, 11:00AM-12:00PM. FREE at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
- Karl Newsom Edwards Presents I Got a New Friend Welcome back Karl Edwards, the artist and writer behind ‘Fly!’ (a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove), and a brand-new book about a little girl, a new puppy, and the work that goes into friendships. “Totally, infectiously ebullient!” says Kirkus.
Saturday, June 3, 12:00-12:30PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- All About Cornelia Funke: Meet and Hear the Beloved Author of Inkheart, The Reckless Series, Lilly and Finn and More! Join beloved children’s author Cornelia Funke, the award-winning German storyteller and illustrator of ‘Inkheart,’ the Reckless series, ‘Lilly and Finn,’ and her latest, ‘The Book No One Ever Read.’ A children’s story that Cornelia calls “her ‘Inkheart’ for kindergarteners,” this new picture book is a magical journey into the experience of a book that longs to be read. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the great voices of children’s literature and take part in the debut of this picture book (already a favorite of festival staff) that is sure to become a classic.
Saturday, June 3, 12:15-1:15PM FREE at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
- Ana Aranda Presents The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra Ana is a Mexican artist and mural painter, and are we ever glad she created the illustrations for this tale about three goats and the legendary chupacabra, whose favorite food is not what those goats expect! It’s a hilarious, laugh-out-loud story with vibrant illustrations to love.
Saturday, June 3, 1:15-1:45PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- William Joyce Presents Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo With ‘Dinosaur Bob,’ William Joyce cemented his place on family bookshelves as a beloved staple of the best in picture books. He’s now written and illustrated 50 bestselling and classic children’s books and written, produced or designed a number of major feature films for 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Disney (including design and story work on Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life”). We’re celebrating all-new editions of the stellar ‘Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo,’ and ‘A Day with Wilbur Robinson,’ along with favorites ‘Bently & Egg’ and so many others!
Saturday, June 3, 2:00-2:30PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Michael Slack Presents Shorty and Clem Michael introduces a new dynamic duo: Shorty is not a lizard. He’s a very short dinosaur. He’s a shortysaurus. Clem is not a chicken. He’s a quail, which doesn’t explain his name at all. When Clem goes out one day, Shorty finds a package. An exciting package. An irresistible package. But it’s addressed to Clem. Should he open it? You’ve got to hear the whole story!
Saturday, June 3, 2:30-3:00PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Jon Agee Presents Life on Mars Jon Agee is the author and illustrator of a slew of quirky, witty, and beloved books, including ‘Terrific,’ ‘Milo’s Hat Trick,’ and ‘The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau,’ along with a series of popular wordplay books, among them, ‘Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog!’ His newest book is about a daring young astronaut, certain he’ll find life on Mars. He has even brought a gift of chocolate cupcakes. Will he find life on Mars, or has he made a mistake? It’s time to find out!
Saturday, June 3, 3:00-3:30PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Writers and Artists Whose Books You Love, Part II: A Picture Book Extravaganza for Kids and Their Adults (with Candace Fleming, Cornelia Funke, Gianna Marino, Innosanto Nagara, Dashka Slater, and Eric Rohmann) “Read it again!” So goes the litany of kids wanting their favorite book again. Adults too have favorites among authors they read to their children or enjoyed in their youth. Some of today’s favorites appear here, on a perfect Sunday late morning in the park. Isn’t it fun, whatever one’s age, to have a story read to you? Grab a cup of coffee or a sippy cup and sit back to enjoy.
Sunday, June 4, 10:00-11:15AM. FREE at the Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage
- Dev Petty Presents I Don’t Want to Be Big Picture book writer Dev Petty’s new book tells us about Frog. Frog does NOT want to grow up. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you? Fans of her hit picture book ‘I Don t Want to Be a Frog’ will love this silly, stubborn-as-ever companion book.
Sunday, June 4, 11:00-11:30AM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann Present Bulldozer Helps Out A very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job in this darling follow-up to ‘Bulldozer’s Big Day’ from award-winning author Candace Fleming (‘Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed’, ‘Muncha Muncha Muncha’) and Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann (‘My Friend Rabbit’, ‘Time Flies’). Little Bulldozer wants to help, but all the bigger trucks say he is too small. When Crane Truck steps up to help, they find a family of newborn kittens living in the pile of debris! Can he take care of babies? Now that’s a tough job. A job that happens to be just the right size for Little Bulldozer.
Sunday, June 4, 1:00-1:30PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Dashka Slater Presents Escargot Are you a picky eater? Do you like animals? Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: 1. to be your favorite animal. 2. to get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you! —he discovers that it’s not so bad after all.
Sunday, June 4, 1:30-2:00PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Innosanto Nagara Presents My Night at the Planetarium Author and illustrator Inno, the force behind ‘A is for Activist’ and ‘Counting on Community,’ now board book staples at home and in schools, brings us a true story from his childhood in Indonesia. It is a child’s view of a particular place and time—but it is also an introduction to Indonesia, a story about colonialism, and a message about the power of creativity. Art and resistance!
Sunday, June 4, 2:00-2:30PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage
- Gianna Marino Presents Splotch Splotch, a pet fish, was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school—but he isn’t there! There’s only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, Splotch’s distinctive spot has moved and the only explanation is that he has been CHANGED BY ALIENS! When the spot moves yet again, it’s clear something fishy is going on. This hilarious story poses the question that, when it comes to this family, who is protecting whom?
Sunday, June 4, 2:30-3:00PM. FREE at the Showtime Stage