The City of West Hollywood hosted the American Born Chinese Foundation’s first-ever Los Angeles Children’s Book Festival on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at West Hollywood Park located, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The free event ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Hollywood collaborated with the American Born Chinese Foundation to celebrate children’s literature, foster a love for reading, and provide a platform for both young readers and aspiring authors to engage with the magical world of books.
The festival featured a wide range of activities catering to children of all ages, including interactive storytelling sessions, book readings by renowned authors, creative writing workshops, and engaging arts and crafts activities. Local authors and illustrators were present to share their insights, inspirations, and stories behind their creations. There were several musical and dance performances and lots of giveaways as well with food trucks lined along San Vicente Boulevard.
West Hollywood Sheriff’s station personnel were also invited to partake in the event. Children were allowed to get behind the wheel of a Sheriff’s patrol vehicle and there were plenty of free giveaways at the LASD booth to promote bicycle safety. Bike Helmets, flashing lights, water bottles, coloring books, stickers and more were donated by Cedars Sinai.
Mayor Sepi Shyne and council members Lauren Meister and John Heilman were spotted at the event.
The day was mostly overcast, but the mood was festive. The event was well attended and it attracted several participating vendors who decorated their booths to make it a magical experience for children, who were allowed to enjoy photo ops, singing and they got to meet some of their favorite book characters.
About the American Born Chinese Foundation
The American Born Chinese Foundation stands as a vibrant public charity, dedicated to nurturing bilingual literacy in children while celebrating AAPI pride and promoting inclusivity. By fostering a love for reading and empowering the next generation with bilingualism, the foundation plays a pivotal role in cultivating cultural understanding and a profound sense of identity. With a commitment to bridging gaps and fostering a sense of belonging, the foundation invites the community to join in championing bilingual literacy and embracing diverse cultures for a brighter future.