BOSTON — After six years of stunning success, the Boston Book Festival announces the birth of
“Hubbub: Creative Commotion for Kids,” the free kids’ festival. To be held Saturday, June 20, in Co[ley Square, the inaugural free festival will include activities for kids and families of all ages. It will be a full day of fun-filled creativity, inventiveness and exploration such as an author presentation by Mo Willems, a special concert with Dan Zanes and Friends, and workshops with Mitali Perkins, the Museum of Science, Urbanity Dance, and more.
“The offerings for children at the annual Boston Book Festival have been so popular,” says Boston Book Festival founder and executive director Deborah Porter, “that it seemed only fitting to develop another festival focused solely on the cultural enrichment for children and families. Our aim is to be inclusive to families from every Boston neighborhood. With support from the Highland Street Foundation and others, we hope to encourage creativity with a combination of world-class authors and artistic acts, as well as hands-on activities and experiences where kids will experiment, design, and create. We believe that curiosity, excitement, wonder and play are the keys to lifelong learning.”
For ages 3 and up, author and illustrator Mo Willems will present a program. He has earned three Caldecott Honors and two Geisel Awards for his children’s books, which include the picture books “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and “Knuffle Bunny.”
One of the ticketed events ($15 for adults and $10 for children0 will present Dan Zanes and Friends. Considered the father of the modern independent kids’ music movement, Grammy-awrd winning musician Zanes has a unique blend of folk, world music and rock and roll.
For ages 2 to 7, Storytime will feature David Hyde Costello, Megan Dowd and others. More picture book authors and illustrators will give a series of lively readings and demonstrations. BPL librarians and local media personalities will read aloud from their favorite picture books at this session.
For 7-to-12-year-olds Hubbub will give a variety of participatory workshops for aspiring writers and illustrators, including author Mitali Perkins who will lead “Magic Csrpet: Creating a Sense of Place in Fiction.”
For those 3 and up the Puppet Showplace Theatre will offer performances, workshops and behind-the-scenes activities including improvisational roving performances, talk-backs with the puppeteers and puppet-making designed to accommodate different ages and abilities.
Brainstorm Tent, for all ages, will feature the South End Technology Center/Learn 2 Teach/Teach 2 providing hands-on science experiments, demonstrations and maker projects including building a mechanical merry-go-round, animating Play-Doh with electronic circuits, and more.
Babies aged 0 and up will enjoy the Peekaboo Tent where drop-in activities will include bubble blowing, a sensory grab bag, block building and opportunities to mess about with clay, sand, and rhythm instruments.