We have many exciting programs for children of all ages! Be sure to check our our schedule page for details.

Saturday Main Festival Day, Oct 14, 2023

10:00 am-2:00 pm—Saratoga Springs City Center

Visit the KidZone!  

Stop by the festival’s Literary Marketplace to meet more than 30 children’s authors at the Saratoga City center.  Enjoys crafts, buy your own signed copies of great children’s books, listen to stories, and take a photos with storybook characters. You can even get something yummy to eat and drink at 9 Miles East cafe.

Special Activities in the KidZone:

10:30 am – Grab a seat by the Library Van to hear bestselling author Patricia Marx and illustrator Roz Chast read from their latest book for children: Tired Town. For ages 3 – 6, but everyone is welcome!

12:00 pm – Graphic Novel Demonstrations

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saratoga Springs City Center

KID NOTE featuring Chris Grabenstein!

Chris Grabenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lemoncello series, the Smartest Kid series, the Dog Squad series, the Wonderland series, the award-winning Haunted Mystery series, and The Island of Dr. Libris. Together, he and his wife J.J. wrote the acclaimed Shine!

Chris is also the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I Funny, House of Robots, Treasure Hunters, Jacky Ha-Ha, Word of Mouse, Max Einstein, Katt Vs. Dogg, Best Nerds Forever, and many others.
Winner of all sorts of awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners. He’s also a playwright and screenwriter not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Sometimes he sleeps.

Chris started writing a long time ago. He and his four brothers used to put on skits and puppet shows in the basement of their home in Buffalo, New York. Their mom and dad were the only paying customers. Admission was a nickel. They usually earned ten cents a show.

He studied communications and theater at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville then moved to New York City with six suitcases, a typewriter, and very little money. For five years, he performed with some of the city’s top Improvisational Comedy troupes, making up scenes and songs on the spot in front of live audiences, just like they did on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”