Last weekend, blue manatee press attended Books by the Banks 2019!
Held annually in downtown Cincinnati, Books by the Banks is a day-long book festival, free and open to the public, featuring. national, regional, and local authors and illustrators. Participants can attend panel discussions, have books signed, participate in fun family activities, and more.
The press has been involved with Books by the Banks for several years, and it’s nothing short of a fun and inspiring day surrounded by readers and writers of all kinds!
Here’s what we learned from this year’s Books by the Banks festival!
Returning to Books by the Banks
Last year, Erin Barker attended Books by the Banks with copies of her board book What Is Soft?, written by Susan Kantor). This year, Erin returned to the festival with copies of book What Is Soft? and her new picture book, Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party.
Mr. Pumpkin buttons and stickers were free to the public while Erin signed copies of her books and showed passersby the original sketches that became Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party.
“People were really excited about the sketches,” says Erin. “I was honestly so surprised that people would come up, notice the sketches, and then from the sketches recognize the book. It was so lovely.”
Story Time at Books by the Banks!
As well as signing copies of her books for attendees, Erin also lead a story time in the Kid’s Corner, where she explained her process and read from Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party.
“That has been one of my favorite aspects of Mr. Pumpkin being on sale now and in peoples’ homes,” she says. “Being able to interact with the kids and talk to them about illustrating has been so wonderful. The story time at Books by the Banks was so fun. A lot of the kids had already read the book or had it in their schools, which was just amazing.”
High Praise for Books by the Banks
“I love Books by the Banks,” Erin says, “both as a writer and illustrator myself, but also as a book lover. It’s just such a fun festival to have in the city, that allows people to meet and chat with authors and artists. I’ve gotten to meet some of my idols at this festival. It’s something I won’t forget. Even if I didn’t have a table, I would come to Books by the Banks.”