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Decatur Children’s Book Festival

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Decatur Arts Festival, May 4 + 5, 2024

May 3 – 5, 2024

Decatur Children’s Book Festival Announces Addition to Keynote Speaker Line Up

Mar 21, 2024

Acclaimed Authors, LaDarrion Williams and Rebecca Ross Join Kate DiCamillo as Keynote Speakers

The Decatur Children’s Book Festival, presented by Little Shop of Stories, is now sharing its complete lineup of keynote speakers. The Festival will commence on Friday, May 3 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur and will carry on May 4-5. The keynote speakers include Kate DiCamillo, LaDarrion Williams, and Rebecca Ross. 

Kate DiCamillo, a renowned best-selling children’s author, is designated as the children’s keynote speaker. Kate will present at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. She will share her new books, “Ferris” and “Orris and Timble: The Beginning”. 

LaDarrion Williams, a resident playwright/co-creator of The Black Creators Collective, is a Los Angeles based playwright, filmmaker, author, and screenwriter. His play “UMOJA” made its West Coast premiere in January 2022. He produced North Hollywood’s first Black playwright festival at the Waco Theater Center. LaDarrion will serve as the opening young adult keynote speaker. He will take the stage at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at The Chapel on Sycamore.

Rebecca Ross, a number one New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of fantasy books for teens and adults, has written multiple highly acclaimed duologies, including “Letters of Enchantment,” “Elements of Cadence,” and “The Queen’s Rising” as well as two standalone novels: “Dreams Lie Beneath and “Sisters of Sword & Song”. Rebecca will serve as the closing young adult keynote speaker. She will take the stage Sunday afternoon, May 5.

“It’s a privilege to have such esteemed authors join us in the festival,” says Diane Capriola, co-owner of Little Shop of stories. “With their diverse backgrounds and interests, we hope to inspire kids through their words and literary contributions. We are thrilled to kick start the festival with these influential voices.”

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Decatur Children’s Book Festival Keynote Event

Date: Friday, May 3

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia