The day-long celebration will feature two distinct events: The Great Children's Read, a free celebration of reading featuring live entertainment for children and families, presented by Target and held at Columbia University; and The Great Literary Brunch, featuring several best-selling authors and held at TheTimesCenter, a new performance space and cultural center located in The New York Times Building.
A list of New York's Top 20 All-Time Favorite Children's Books was specially selected this year by children's librarians from the three public library systems of New York City: Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library. Celebrities from film, TV and Broadway will read from the 20 books on the list at The Great Children's Read.
Featured entertainment at the Target Children's Stage this year will include performances by They Might Be Giants, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Playhouse Disney's "Johnny and the Sprites" and "Choo-Choo Soul," Laughing Pizza!, Peter Himmelman and T Squad.
There also will be readings and signings by many favorite children's book authors and illustrators, including Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews Edwards and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, Cheech Marin and Michelle Knudsen.
The Target Children's Stage is part of Target's national initiative, Ready. Sit. Read!, a program that fosters a love for reading at an early age. Admission to The Great Children's Read at Columbia University is free and open to the public. Columbia University is located in Manhattan at Broadway & 116th Street.
Sunday, October 4, 2009 @ 10:00 am
Columbia University in the City of New York
2960 Broadway New York, NY
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