About the Book Festival

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a town tradition held outside at the Princeton Public Library and the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Plaza.

Our community loves the library and loves books. This autumn event promises something for everyone. You may meet your favorite author or illustrator, listen to them discuss their work, have a book autographed, or just have the opportunity to talk to them about their inspiration.

The mission of the Princeton Children’s Book Festival (and Book Jam too) is to encourage reading and ignite a life-long love of books. We strive to bring a diverse and inclusive range of voices to the festival and to strengthen the connection for children between the stories on the page and the people who create them.

The 2022 Festival poster is created by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS cartoons and illustrator of many books, including The Gift of Nothing (2005), the 2012 Caldecott Honor winner Me…Jane, Thank You and Good Night (2015), and The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s the Hard Way (2017).

jaZams, our local independent bookseller, will handle book sales for the event. A portion of sales will be donated to the library.

Please contact us for more information.


The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is co-sponsored by jaZams of Princeton. A portion of sales is donated to the library.

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