Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine to Headline Festival on May 7

SHREVEPORT, LA – The Shreve Memorial Library Annual Children’s Book Festival returns Saturday, May 7 on the beautiful campus of LSU Shreveport. The festival, last held in 2019, is a family-friendly, daylong literary event that features children’s book authors and illustrators, costumed characters, and interactive games and activities for children of all ages. R.L. Stine, author of the internationally bestselling Goosebumps series, will headline this year’s event that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

The festival will feature award-winning author R.L. Stine as headliner. R.L. Stine, best known for his Goosebumps and Fear Street series, has been writing horror stories for young readers for over thirty years. His books came to define horror for a generation of avid young readers, and his bestselling Goosebumps series quickly became a publishing phenomenon, selling more than 400 million copies in the United States. Stine will greet festival attendees and sign autographs at the Children’s Book Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Autographs are available on a first come, first serve basis. Later in the day, Stine will lead a book talk and author chat at 2:30 p.m. in the LSU Shreveport University Center auditorium.

In addition to headliner R.L. Stine, the festival will also feature nationally award-winning authors Jennifer L. Holm, Kwame Mbalia and Brenda Maier, as well as more than 20 local authors and illustrators, including fan favorite Jasper Price, author Zombie Asockalypse. Festival attendees will be able to meet these children’s authors at festival tents throughout the day, have their books autographed, see the featured authors bring their stories to life on stage, and meet some of their favorite children’s book characters. Costumed characters such as Pete the Cat, Biscuit, Winnie the Pooh, Elephant and Piggie, Bad Kitty, Cookie Mouse, and Curious George will make appearances at the festival, providing children an opportunity to have their pictures taken with these and other popular characters.

Community organizations and local businesses have also partnered with Shreve Memorial Library to present Literacy Lane, an interactive area of the festival that celebrate childhood literacy. Literacy Lane is a special area of the Children’s Book Festival where community partners come together to promote a love of reading and lifelong learning in fun, interactive ways. At Literacy Lane, children can play games to improve literacy skills while learning about the valuable services offered by these organizations. All activities taking place in Literacy Lane are free of charge.

Concessions for the festival will be provided by LSU Shreveport Auxiliary Services. Festival attendees will have delicious food options such as hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, pizza, wraps, fruit bowls, pretzels, strawberry shortcake and drinks. Food booths will be available throughout the festival area, including inside of the LSU Shreveport University Center. To purchase food, festival attendees will need to purchase food tickets, valued at $1 each, prior to making their selections. Ticket booths will be located at the entrance of the festival area and inside of the University Center. Tickets can be purchased with cash.

 A schedule of events for the Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival is included below:

Shreve Memorial Library Children’s Book Festival Event Schedule

10:00 a.m.  Festival Opens (Featured & Local Author Tents, Literacy Lane, Activities,

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  R.L. Stine Meet & Greet and Book Signing (Author Tent)

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Author Performance – Jasper Price, Zombie Asockalypse (Auditorium)

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Author Performance – Brenda Maier, Little Red Fort, Peeping Beauty and Little Blue Bridge (Auditorium)

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Author Performance – Kwame Mbalia, Tristan Strong series, Last Gate of the Emperor, and Black Boy Joy (Auditorium)

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.  Author Performance – Jennifer L. Holm, Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, Babymouse series, Sunny series, and the Squish series (Auditorium)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Author Performance – R.L. Stine, Goosebumps series and Fear Street series (Auditorium)

4:00 p.m.  Festival closes.

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