Festival Schedule

Children's Programs


Reminding us we are all the same in the candy dish of life.

Reading by Kiersten Hall, author

Thirty-five jellybeans have come together to share a sweet and thoughtful poem about kindness and inclusivity with children, ages 0 to 6 years. Join in their adventure as they celebrate their unique qualities, together and as friends.


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Millions of Cats


by Wanda Gag

Reading presented by the Wanda Gag Association

Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations.


Everything Pudding

from Betsy, Tacy & Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace

Reading presented by Nancy Downing, Michelle Giorlando, Harshi Hettige, and Daozhong Jin, Jennifer Davis-Kay and Barb Fectau from the Betsy-Tacy Society.

While Betsy’s parents are away, she and her friends Tacy and Tib decide to make something they call "Everything Pudding". They throw everything they can find into one pan resulting in an inedible disaster. 



Making Paper Helicopters


Presented by the Blue Earth County Historical Society


Through some folding, a bit of glue, and a pen to curl the ends, learn how to make paper helicopters that spin when dropped from the top of your head.


Grandpa and Lucy

Reading by Edie Weinstein, author

Grandpa and Lucy is about a young girl who learns her grandfather has dementia.  She learns how to best communicate with him while still finding joy in their relationship.


The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

by Mac Barnett 

Jenny from the Blue Earth County Library reads a book about the famous children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Jenny also reads the Big Red Barn.


Legend of Goshado: A Japanese Folktale


Reading by Terri Karsten, author

The Namahage demons come stomping and roaring down from the mountain to steal chickens and children. How will the villagers ever stop them?


The Monster Dog Book Series

Reading by Carmen Tribbett, author

Carmen Tribbett reads a few pages from each of her 4 books in The Monster Dog book series. The books are written in 'first dog.'  Three of the books are for storytime and bedtime. The book in which Tasse (the Monster Dog) learns about Alzheimer's Disease is designed to teach children about the illness through a thoughtful perspective.



Halloween Stories

Read by Jennifer Jensen from Crazy 4 Halloween magazine


Coming live from the cauldron, Jenny the Halloween Witch, invites you to join her while she brews up a collection of books to celebrate the Halloween season! Jenny will read four Halloween children’s books from her spooky witches lair. Scary, Scary Halloween written by Eve Bunting will be a sweet treat. Then the Ten Timid Ghosts written by Jennifer O’Connell will surely be ghostly. Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson will have all the witches cheering. The spookiest yet funniest Halloween book, Skeleton Hiccups written by Margery Cuyler, should tickle your bones with laughter. Halloween atmosphere, Halloween books, and Halloween fun!  


Book Reading for Deep Valley Book Festival.
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell


Book Reading for Deep Valley Book Festival.
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by S.D. Schindler


Book Reading for Deep Valley Book Festival.
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by Jan Brett

Book Reading for Deep Valley Book Festival.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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