The most exciting book in the world
The Children's book Festival is the local library’s annual project to promote reading amongst children and is in full motion all through the first week of November. The activities take place in schools all over the island as well as the library in Oranjestad and the San Nicolas branch. During the book festival the library pays extra attention to children and children's books, authors and illustrators and celebrates the world of children’s imagination with special themes. Children meet their favorite author or illustrator, listen to them and enjoy their presentations, have a book autographed, or just have the opportunity to talk to them about their inspirations. Popular questions children ask authors are: “How old are you?”, “How many books have you written?”, “What is your favorite color?”, “Do you have a pet?”, and “What was your favorite book when you were a child”?
This year the library welcomes a group of 14 creative individuals, storytellers, authors and illustrator from the Dutch Caribbean, Holland, Surinam together with 10 local invitees. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Shiver’ and children will read and listen to scary stories. Illustrator Mariella v.d. Beek designed the logo for the festival and Sjoerd Kuyper wrote this year’s children book titled ‘The most exciting book in the world’, which visual artist, Stan Kuiperi illustrated. The festival’s special book is free with the purchase of 25 florins at local bookstores.
The Children’s Book Festival opens with an open air grand fiesta for children and their parents on November 3th at 6 o’clock in the afternoon, behind the library in Oranjestad. The public Library offers fun activities in the afternoon from November 6 till the 9th (3 till 4 o’clock) for all children.