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Mississippi Book Festival 

Mississippi Book Festival 

One of the best ways to get children to read is to give them books! It’s as simple as that, and sometimes that’s all it takes. We need to make books of various genres accessible. In the ocean of books available today each child should be able to find something that hits the spot. It might be a novel, a series of funny short stories, a book of fun facts about the life of pirates, or a collection of the biggest victories in the history of sports. Libraries are a great resource to explore different genres and styles until you find what does the trick. Another place to look for ideas and get children excited about literature is a book festival!  

Jackson is lucky to be hosting our annual Mississippi Book Festival this summer. It will take place on the shaded grounds of the historic Mississippi State Capitol Building in downtown Jackson on Saturday August 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The festival offers author panel discussions and interviews, book signings, young adult and children’s activities, and lots of opportunities to meet writers and illustrators from across the state and from all over the country. The stately rooms of the Capitol, as well as nearby Galloway Church, will become venues for distinguished panelists, and the Capitol Rotunda will transform into a national exhibit showcase. The surrounding streets will feature children’s activities, booksellers and food trucks. This wonderful celebration of literacy, education and knowledge is a free event, open to the public. It is handicap accessible, free parking is available to all. 

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