Brooklyn is a hotbed for literature — especially for children.
The Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum has been going 10 years strong. When it returns Nov. 12, more than 50 local authors are slated to be in attendance.
“I saw that there was an emerging group of artists and writers here in the neighborhood, and I was just trying to build awareness of these artists,” said Sallie Stutz, vice director of merchandising for the museum, on the fair’s founding. “There’s so much talent out here in Brooklyn.”
This year’s fair will feature readings, illustration demonstrations, coloring activities and the opportunity to meet the writers and illustrators of storybooks, picture books and graphic novels geared for newborns to young adults.
Returning authors include Peter Brown, Sean Qualls, Laura Ljungkvist, Tad Hills and Nancy Krulik, though the fair will also feature the debut of several Brooklyn authors, such as Ida Pearle and Brendan Wenzel.
New York City is featured in several books, including fair favorite “B Is for Brooklyn” by Selina Alko, “The Secret Subway” by Shana Corey and “Wildlife of New York” from illustrator Giada Crispiels.
Offerings range from coloring books to Spanish-language text to cookbooks.
“There’s something for everybody,” Stutz said.