Montclair Literary Festival: Kids Edition!

Dozens of award-winning and emerging authors will talk, read from new works and sign books at the first annual Montclair Literary Festival. The festival includes the following free children’s programming. Find out more at

Saturday, April 1 — Children’s Program at the Montclair Public Library, 3rd floor

Please note that children aged 8 and over may be dropped off for these events, but under-8s require a chaperone to be present.

Storytime with local children’s writers

10.30 – 11.20 am Storyteller Julie Pasqual brings folktales from around the globe to vivid life using a combination of spoken word, movement, acting, and a huge sense of fun!  Ages 2 – 10

11.30 – 12.20 am Dragons Beware, and Giants too, when Jorge Aguirre brings his graphic novels to life, with the help of readers ages 5 to 12

12.30 – 1.20 pm Find out what happens when the Tapper Twins go to war, run for President and tear up New York, among other escapades recounted by author Geoff Rodkey. Ages 5 – 12

1.30 – 2.20 pm Thrill to the adventures of Mr Particular: the World’s Choosiest Champion, with his creator, Jason Kirschner. Ages 5-12

2.30 – 3.20 pm Author Adriana Brad Schanen shares stories of two polar-opposite friends Quinny and Hopper. Warning: features slime and a killer chicken! Ages 5 – 10

The Storytime Room, Montclair Public Library 3rd Floor

10:30 am – 2.30 pm Kids Drop-In Story Games

Roll the dice, flip the cards, and get ready to unlock your imagination. Kids –and adults, too! – will love The Writers Circle’s unique story-building experience. Start a story from the wildly random combinations in our Story Magic card decks, or take a trip around the Plotfoolery board where stories spark at the role of the dice. The Writers Circle’s story games are approachable and interactive, great for reluctant writer as well as born wordsmiths. Ages 8 and up

The Green Room, Montclair Public Library 3rd Floor

Art and Literature at Montclair Art Museum

In cooperation with Montclair Art Museum, a series of workshops that explore the synergy between literature and art. All materials provided, so roll up your sleeves and get creative!

Please note that all classes are free and first come, first served, and while children ages 7 and above may be dropped off, under 7s require a chaperone.  

1.00 – 2.00 pm Geyer Studio
Stolen Beauty: A collage workshop inspired by Gustav Klimt’s famous ‘Woman in Gold’ portraits of Adele Bloch Bauer. Laurie Lico Albanese, author of the novel Stolen Beauty, will explain the story behind the paintings and how Klimt created them, while students use gold leaf and collage techniques to create their own masterpieces, with the guidance of guest artist Catherine Lecleire.  Age 7 and up.  Maximum 15 participants

1:00 – 2:30pm: Studio A
Artist Books à la Matisse
Henri Matisse used paper cut-outs for his groundbreaking artist book Jazz, which was published in 1947. Join Montclair-based artist Gwen Charles in using collage techniques and drawing to create your own artist’s book.  Ages 6 and up. Maximum 15 participants

3.00 – 4.30 pm Geyer Studio
Create a Picture Book Character with Kristine Lombardi
Develop your own picture book character in this workshop taught by author/illustrator Kristine Lombardi, drawing inspiration from the sweet and imaginative title personality of her book Lovey Bunny. Ages 5-7. Maximum 20 participants.

3.00 – 4.30 pm Studio A  
Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels  
Montclair graphic novelist Kevin Pyle leads this workshop, where he will introduce participants to the basic visual storytelling tools of comics and graphic novels. Students will learn to use word balloons and complex facial emotions in comics, as well as how to draw basic anatomy and design their own characters.
Ages 8 to 12, teens also welcome. Maximum 20 participants.

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