Denver Arts & Venues partners with OMG BookFest to bring books to children, connecting children with authors
Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a partnership with OMG (Oh Middle Grade!) BookFest, bringing its second festival, OMG Colorado, May 17-19 to Denver.
OMG is a celebration of books aimed at the early to middle grade reader (ages 7-12), bringing popular and award-winning authors to underserved communities for an exciting interactive experience of games, activities, and reading. This year OMG is thrilled to partner with Tattered Cover Book Store and Denver Arts & Venues to help get its message and books to children across the region.
“We are proud and excited to have students enjoy a day of books, fun, and reading at Castro Elementary,” noted Brooke Dilling, Community Program Specialist, Denver Arts & Venues. “Our agency is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and OMG BookFest supports these values.”
Conceived by authors Sarah Mlynowski, Adele Griffin, Julia DeVillers, and Michael Buckley, and joined by Christina Soontornvat, OMG is a traveling circus of books. It moves from city to city offering kids a chance to meet new and favorite authors in an engaging, high-energy, and interactive environment.
On May 18, 16 authors will come together for OMG Colorado and visit with 1,000 students at Castro Elementary, a Title I School in Denver. Kids will experience a variety of breakout sessions, each led by a diverse group of authors and with a unique theme, such as magical creatures, detective stories, and superheroes. In addition, every child who attends will go home with an autographed book. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading long after the day is over.
“Castro Elementary is an incredibly special school,” said Christina Soontornvat, author and Board Member of OMG BookFest. “When you walk in the doors, right away you get the sense that this community values reading and learning. The school staff has done so much to foster a love of books in their kids. We are absolutely honored that they are hosting our festival this year!”
OMG BookFest will culminate with “The Author Circus,” a public event that also marks the launch of the Colorado Children’s Book Festival at Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue on May 19, from 1 to 3 pm. Readers will experience themed activities and a book signing with all of the OMG authors, as well as local favorite Newbery Medalist Avi and additional local authors. This event is free, but attendees must register here.
Participating authors in OMG Colorado include:
“We are so excited about partnering with OMG BookFest as we launch our Colorado Children’s Book Festival! We both have the same ultimate goal of getting kids to read in a fun, experience-based environment. Colorado is at the beginning of a literary renaissance, so the timing couldn't be better. We are honored that OMG chose Denver as their next stop to help us kick this off!” said Kristen Gilligan, new owner of Tattered Cover Book Store and school and community outreach enthusiast.
For more information on the OMG BookFest mission visit: https://omgbookfest.org
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