On Saturday, November 14, authors, illustrators, and readers gathered in Savannah, Ga., for the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, organized by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Among authors in attendance were Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Nick Bruel, Brian Lies, Kate DiCamillo, and many more.

Families were out in force early Saturday morning for the bookish festivities. All photos: Ann Sosbe.

Kate DiCamillo was the festival’s spotlight author. Here, she addresses the attendees, and talked about her latest book, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.

Illustrator James Dean, in celebratory haberdashery, meets a young Pete the Cat fan.

The Festival included a “Dog Days Tent,” in which children could read to dogs. Susan Lee of the Live Oak Public Libraries said, “Dog Days is a regular program we have in our library branches every month to encourage children to read. The kids come in, get comfy and read to these ‘most patient of listeners.’ We’ve found that even the most reluctant or shy readers will enthusiastically pick up a book and read to these dogs.”

Festival-goers enjoy a pop-up picture book library at the event.

Peter Rabbit emerged from his warren for a few photo-ops.

Attendees participated in a number of activities and crafts, including making their own masks.

Illustrator Kevin Sherry (I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean) draws for an audience.

This young attendee can look forward to next year’s festival, when she’ll be able to read more books!