HAMILTON, NJ --  Looking for something fun and educational to entertain the kids this weekend?   Stop by the Barnes and Noble in Hamilton Marketplace for the Shine and Inspire Book Fair to listen and laugh along with children's book readings.  

Acclaimed children's picture-book author, Artie Bennett, will be on-hand to showcase his quintet of off-beat books: The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, Belches, Burps, and Farts--Oh My!, and What's Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet as well as his joke and riddle books: The Universe's Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe's Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. Bennett also will be sharing the science behind the books in creating them.

"Reading is vital. It stimulates our imagination, broadens our world, and strengthens our hearts. And it imparts invaluable concentration skills,” said Bennett.  "Librarians and educators regularly tell me how my books show kids how much fun a book can be and get them excited about reading.

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“And these days, with so many distractions competing for a child's attention, seeing youngsters excited about books is a blessing beyond words, even words like "poopendous.”

The Shine and Inspire Book Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7 between 12 noon and 4:00 pm at the Hamilton Marketplace Barnes and Noble located at 425 Marketplace Boulevard in Hamilton.  The free book fair will benefit Shine and Inspire, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Mercer County residents. 

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