It’s not every day that you get to be one of the kids and hang with some very creative award-winning authors and illustrators. Last weekend I did just that. The second annual 2011 Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival at Bookwork Gardens, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center and The Sheboygan Mead Library brought children together with some of their favorite book authors from stories that have set their imaginations alive with adventure and creativity. From an inspirational walk through Bookworm Gardens to gather ideas and objects to workshops in the ARTery at the JMKAC, there was always something for everyone to be creatively involved, no matter what your age. As I followed along with as many events and lectures as I could I found myself fully immersed within surroundings, creativity.
More about the Book Festival and lot of pictures after the jump!
When we are little, our brains are like sponges. We absorb anything and everything that surrounds us. Our imaginations are limitless from playing an imaginary super bowl in our backyard to hitting a walk-off home run to win the world series. As the years pass we develop our own viewpoints and opinions and it seems that our imaginations lose priority to work and other stressful tasks. Just imagine how much of a change you can make in your mental health of you tapped into your creativity and imagination once a day? Some creatives refer to it as “recharging their batteries”; taking some much-needed time away from their daily responsibilities to focus on just letting go, and enjoying life. I say, Why not just set time aside everyday?
What a successful event that I am looking forward to covering again next year. Here are a few of my favorite images from the events.