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Celebrating children's books and their creators

For the 13th year in a row, children and their parents will gather at the Anderson Center for a nationally acclaimed children's book festival, the "Celebration of Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators."

The Anderson Center will host the event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in partnership with the Red Wing Public Library and Mackin Educational Resources of Burnsville. Just like years past, Mackin will offer book sales, signings and readings by authors. Displays of rare manuscripts and illustrations will be featured by the Kerlan Collection, a children's literature research library.

Ultimately, the event aims to promote literacy among youth.

It will kick off with a special presentation in the living room of the Anderson Center's main house as Heidi Hammond and Gail Nordstrom host a Caldecott Award discussion from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, authors and illustrators will give readings and presentations. Here's what visitors can look forward to:

Readings by authors

The following readings will be held in the living room of the main house.

• William Alexander, 1 to 1:30 p.m.

• Dana Jensen, 1:30 to 2 p.m.

• Catherine Clark, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

• Kelly Barnhill, 2:30 to 3 p.m.

• Phyllis Alsdurf, 3 to 3:30 p.m.

• Coy, 3:30 to 4 p.m.

• Lindsay Lee Johnson, 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Author Trisha Speed Shaskan will give readings at 1 and 3 p.m. at the top of the tower.

Slideshows and talks by illustrators

All slideshows and talks will be presented in the lower level of the permanent gallery.

• David Geister, 1 to 1:30 p.m.

• Jennifer Bell, 1:30 to 2 p.m.

• Stephen Shaskan, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

• Lauren Stringer, 2:30 to 3 p.m.

• Michael Hall, 3 to 3:30 p.m.

• Nancy Carlson, 3:30 to 4 p.m.

• Chris Monroe/Kevin Kling, 4 to 4:30 p.m.

The entire event is free and open to the public.