Lil' Lit Stage

Matthew Cordell reads at the Lil' Lit Stage during the 2013 Printers Row Lit Fest. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park, kids and parents can color, play games, have their faces painted and take photos with costumed characters all weekend long.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:


1. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

10 – 10:45 a.m. and 3 – 4 p.m. | Just Kidding Stage

The local kindie stars kick off the Saturday festivities at the Just Kidding Stage, and it’s the first of two opportunities to see them. (Roberts also authored children’s book “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” which comes out in the fall.)

2. The Pencil and the Lance, Jordi Pedrola

10 – 10:45 a.m. | Hoy

Chicago-based artist Jordi Pedrola curates this Don Quixote illustration workshop for kids and teens. Originally from Barcelona, Pedrola’s color- and contrast-filled work has been displayed nationally and internationally. 

3. 826CHI Book Release

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | The Mash

Students, teachers and families from 826CHI, a nonprofit writing group for kids and teens, read excerpts from their book “Even a Lion Can Get Lost in the Jungle” on the day of its release. Written by seventh and eighth graders from Englewood school Harvard School of Excellence, the book consists of short narratives focusing on people and places making a positive impact in their South Side community. Copies of the book will be sold at the 826CHI table in the Small Press tent. 

4. Writing the Magic of Middle Grade

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Jones College Prep, classroom #5038

*Tickets are required for this event

In this panel, author Kate Hannigan discusses middle grade writing with local authors Amy Timberlake, Michele Weber Hurwitz, Liesl Shurtliff, Emily Fairlie and Wendy McClure — ideal for parents and kids in third through sixth grades.

5. Adam Rubin reads from “Big Bad Bubble”

11 – 11:30 a.m. | Just Kidding Stage

New York Times best-selling author Adam Rubin reads from his recently-published book about the monsters of La La Land’s endeavor to conquer their fear of bubbles.

6. Writing for Teens and Tweens