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Children can enjoy balloon twisters, face painters, caricature artists and storytellers throughout the day!

Keynote Author


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Deborah Sosin

Deborah Sosin is a writer and clinical social worker specializing in mindfulness. Her picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, illustrated by Sara Woolley, was the Gold Winner for Best Picture Book in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Awards and the Silver Medal Winner in the IPPY Awards. She is also the author of Breaking Free of Addiction, a self-help workbook. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, on Salon and Cognoscenti, and elsewhere. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Schedule of Events



11 – 11:30 A.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone | Storyteller Kaye Byrnes

Storyteller Kaye Byrnes brings stories off the printed page into an interactive program that tickles the imagination. Join in the fun and enjoy great childrens’ literature in a whole new way! Her repertoire of folktales, fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and classic literature along with original and historical stories is carefully crafted for listeners of any age.

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Noon – 1 P.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone| Charlotte and the Quiet Place Presentation with Author Deborah Sosin

Join picture book author and licensed therapist Deborah Sosin for a presentation of her book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place. Charlotte likes quiet. But wherever Charlotte goes, she is surrounded by noise, noise, noise—her yipping dog, Otto; the squeaky, creaky swings; the warbling, wailing sirens. Where can Charlotte find a quiet place? Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, over-stimulating world. Charlotte and the Quiet Place shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence. All children will relate to the unfolding adventure and message of self-discovery and empowerment.

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2 – 2:30 P.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone| Turtles and Gators and Spoonbills. . . Oh, My! with Musical Storyteller Chris Kastle

Meet Florida creatures of the land, sea, and air. Discover how and where they live. Learn about their habits and habitats as they are depicted through song, story and movement.

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