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Saturday: Second KidFest at Morristown Festival of Books

KidFest begins Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. inside the Presbyterian Church Parish House at 65 South St. in Morristown. Credits: Morristown Festival of Books

KidFest returns to the Morristown Festival of Books for a second year with award-winning children’s authors you won’t want to miss.  

KidFest is for kids of all ages—and for the young at heart. Stop by the Presbyterian Church parish house, 65 South Street in Morristown, on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discover new books, listen to a story, meet your favorite author, participate in a Q&A and have your book purchases autographed.

Children and their families are also encouraged to explore their creativity and embrace their curiosity through musical acts, hands-on crafts, writing workshops and more. Costumed characters and concessions onsite round out the attractions.

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New to KidFest this year is an author talk and meet and greet with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez at 3:45 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 36 South Street in Morristown. 

Tickets for the meet and greet may be purchased online at Get yours before they go! No other Saturday events require tickets.

Reserve your seat now to hear KidFest featured author and Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo, whose wordless, graphic story “La La La” will enchant both children and parents alike. DiCamillo will speak at 12:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church Parish House on 65 South St. in Morristown. For your free seat reservations or to pre-order a copy of “La La La,” please visit

This year’s exciting roster also includes singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and authors Cressida Cowell, Jacky Davis, David Soman, Tad Hills, Lauren Tarshis, Scott Westerfeld, Wendy Mass, Tracey Baptiste, James Preller, Donna Jo Napoli, Ame Dyckman and Susie Jaramillo.

Parents and grandparents: Don’t forget that a full day of free author talks, panel discussions and book signings for adults is taking place at the same time in other locations near KidFest. Check out the full author lineup here. 

Morristown Festival of Books is a fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a nonprofit corporation, and we proudly support literacy and education in our community.

New and gently used books for children in preschool through grade 6 will be collected during Saturday's event to support the Morris Educational Foundation. Books will be distributed to classroom libraries throughout the Morris School District. Bring your children’s book donations or buy a book at the festival to donate.

Donation boxes will be located at the main information tent and the KidFest information tent. Thank you in advance for your support of literacy and education.

For more information, visit or visit their Facebook page.

The official sponsor of KidFest 2017 is Goryeb Children’s Hospital. KidFest 2017 is also generously supported by Far Hills Country Day School, Gill St. Bernard’s School, The Peck School and The Red Oaks School. This year’s main festival sponsor is Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

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