Sub­texts Bee­hive Kids Books hosts a fes­ti­val

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If you want to make a young book­worm’s sum­mer and psych them up for the start of the school year at the same time, take them to the Bee­hive Kids BookFest on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Bee­hive Kids Books (328 Mon­tezuma St.) for a day — or just a cou­ple of hours — of read­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties. The fes­ti­val be­gins at 10 a.m. with pic­ture-book au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors reading from their works for younger chil­dren. Read­ers in­clude Sandi Wright, au­thor of The Ad­ven­tures of Santa Fe Sam, a his­tor­i­cal over­view of New Mex­ico through the eyes of a prairie dog, as well as Valori Her­zlich, il­lus­tra­tor of My Best Ever Grandpa, and Mag­gie DeVore, who wrote Blue Ka­zoo. Also at 10 a.m., Sally Blake­more, creator of NASCAR Pop-Up Book: A Guide to the Sport, and other pop-up books, presents a work­shop on 3-D pa­per art for chil­dren ages seven and up. At noon, Al­bu­querque au­thor Ross Van Dusen demon­strates the cre­ative process he used for his pic­ture book, How Crocka Dog Came to Be. Other au­thors pre­sent­ing in the early af­ter­noon in­clude Paige Grant (Kit­ten Ca­boo­dle) and Talia Pura (Alexia Wants to Fly). Au­thors of books for young-adult and mid­dle­grade read­ers present and dis­cuss their work from 2 to 4 p.m. Laura Sanchez reads from her award-win­ning young adult novel, Freak­ing Green, about a fam­ily in Al­bu­querque that ac­cepts the chal­lenge to re­duce its car­bon foot­print by 80 per­cent for a chance to win $5 mil­lion; ad­di­tional au­thors read from their work through­out the day. The event comes com­plete with bal­loons, bub­bles, and ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to en­ter­tain and ap­peal to kids. There is a $2 ma­te­ri­als fee for the 3-D pa­per art work­shop, and space must be re­served by call­ing 505-780-8051, but the rest of the book fest is free of charge and open to all ages. — J.L.

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