The Children's Book Fair began over 32 years ago as a back-to-school celebration. The Fair has grown every year since its inception, and now hosts dozens of local booksellers and community organizations.

This year, join us on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 on 57th Street from
11AM to 5PM
for hands-on fun for the whole family.

Browse our book vendors at the Fair for an unlimited supply of your favorite classics alongside the new generation in children’s literature.

The Children’s Book Fair also has a large concentration of Museum shops offering fair-goers a glimpse of famous exhibits. Most of these non-profit organizations provide exciting hands on displays plus arts & crafts activities for kids to take home. To see your business or organization here, contact us.

Our Non-profit and Vendor lists are being updated daily. Please join us!

Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School
Classic Characters Toy Museum

Hyde Park School of Dance
Kenwood School of Ballet/ITwirl Dance Programs
St. Thomas the Apostle School
University of Chicago Baby Lab

57th Street Books
Burst into Books
Lora Hyler, Author

First Aid Comics
Powell's Books Chicago
Natasha Tarpley

Williams Family Books

University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement * 57th Street Books *
South East Chicago Commission * Noodles, Etc. *
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club * Medici * Chant *
Powell's Bookstore * Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle *
Marian Realty / Carolan Apartments * Angela Williams Design *
Hyde Park Bank * Seminary Co-op Bookstore *

Sponsor Opportunities

Non-Profit Registration 2019

Vendor Registration 2019

Payment Link for Registration

On 57th Street
Between Woodlawn and Kimbark

Rain location:
Ray Elementary School
5631 S Kimbark Ave

Large Stage

Hyde Park School of Dance- 12:30
Kenwood School of Ballet/ITwirl- 1:30
- 1:45
- 2:30
- 3:00
- 3:30

Storyteller/Author Stage

Emmy Kasner, Author- 11:30
Chris Fascione, Bringing Literature to Life- 12:15

Author Signings – free copies while supplies last


Rebecca Janowitz | Founder & Director
Chair: Jean Williams
SSecretary: Chelsea Nash;
Treasurer: Sara Kennedy
Aaron Collard
Jeff Deutsch
Brad Jonas
Judy Jakush
Johanna Russ

For general information for sponsorship, entertainers,
vendors, non-profits and volunteers contact::
Tara Baldridge @,
Leanne Bailey @
or Paula Florell @

The Children's Book Fair
1448 E 52nd Street #380
Chicago, IL 60615

Logo, banner and poster design Angela Williams :: art + design

Banner Printer:
Kenneth Sitkowski