Past Events

The Georgia Department of Education hosted the 2008-2009 Young Georgia Authors' Competition. The annual competition promotes creative writing - an important initiative of the Georgia Performance Standards. Contact your designated district writing coordinator to participate in the contest next year starting in the fall. For more information and an official rules guide go here.



Ashley Bryan Children's Literary Festival celebrated Mr. Bryan’s contribution to children’s literature with interactive and educational programs and events that introduced children of all ages to culturally relevant art, literature, and poetry. This wonderful event took place Thursday, March 26-28, 2009 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. To see pictures from the event click here.




March 6, 2009 Dolly Partners for Literacy! GPB was on-hand to celebrate the partnership of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Rotary International, and the Ferst Foundation. Rotarians acknowledged the incredible work done by Dolly's foundation nationally and internationally and the amazing local (all across Georgia!) work done by the Ferst Foundation to support childhood literacy. Robin Ferst was there to treat some Atlanta kids to a read-aloud and guests enjoyed a "9 to 5" performance by Dolly! Rickey Bevington of GPB Radio's Georgia Gazette recorded a quick interview with Dolly. Click below to listen:

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Read Across America March 2, 2009 The Georgia Association of Educators, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, and GPB celebrated reading during this annual event on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Rickey Bevington, host of GPB's Georgia Gazette, and Nwandi Lawson, co-anchor of GPB's Lawmakers read books to children (and some adults who couldn't resist hearing a story!) at the museum. Click here to see photos of the event and listen to Rickey's story from Georgia Gazette:

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Bob the Builder is at Imagine It! Families loved the Bob the Builder exhibit at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. From October 4 - January 4, 2009, Bob the Builder - Project Build It showed kids Bob’s world, inviting exploration, inspiring teamwork, and bringing environmentally-friendly building themes to life. Be sure to visit the Imagine It! website to see what exhibits are coming up next!







Miss Rosa in Savannah Thanks to everyone who came out to see Miss Rosa at the 2008 Savannah Children's Book Festival. Families loved the two great performances from Miss Rosa despite a little bit of rain. Miss Rosa also took pictures with adoring fans (kids and families) and signed...fans (cute giveaways with Miss Rosa's picture on them)! Thank you to the Live Oak Public Libraries for putting on the wonderful event and to, of course, Miss Rosa for traveling to visit viewers in Georgia.



October 2008 Augusta Children's Festival Kick-Off Celebration GPB traveled to Augusta with Super Why! Over 2,500 preschoolers and their teachers listened to a children's book read by GPB staffer Nancy Zintak at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. The kids (and teachers) had a great time watching Super Why! perform the story. Click here to see pictures.
September 2008 Thank you so much for attending Happy Healthy Kids Day Featuring Super Why! at GPB! Over 3,000 people traveled to the GPB building to see farm animals, performances, cooking demonstrations, face-painters and.... PBS Kids characters like Super Why! We are thrilled that so many people came and look forward to future events. Click here to see pictures.





August 2008 GPB teamed with United Way and Reading Tree to distribute book bags filled with fun stuff to over 300 preschoolers at the AJC Decatur book Festival. Even more fun – the kids made bookmarks and listened to Sputter, Sputter, Sput read by author Babs Bell. Click here to see some pictures from the event.


May 2008 Reading Rainbow GPB honored the winners of the local 2008 Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Click to view Georgia's winning stories and the winners of the national contest.



May 2008 Design Squad Inspiring Engineers! GPB, Georgia Tech Kids Club, and WGBH hosted an engineering event at Fernbank Science Museum that inspired engineers. Kids and their parents were able to walk around and participate in hands-on activities with help from Georgia Tech students and the Georgia Tech Kids Club. Also part of the fun was a robotics team from Wheeler High School showing off their amazing creations. Cool! Click here to see some pictures.


May 2008 GPB Literacy Meeting: Defying the Odds Our literacy group met again in May and had a wonderful speaker, GPB Producer Pamela Roberts. Attendees were offered an inside look at her documentary that followed five students in the Atlanta area given scholarships to college from Merrill Lynch Foundation when they were in first grade – in 1988. Pam started filming them ten years later and followed them for three years. During those years in which the documentary was filmed, the students worked to take advantage of the promise while confronted with formidable obstacles: poverty, drugs, family dysfunction, and shattering violence. Two of the “teens” were present at the meeting and the documentary sparked wonderful discussion. Thank you, Pam!


May 2008 Library Visits with Clifford Clifford the Big Red Dog visits libraries throughout Georgia in support of Children’s Book Week May 2008. Click here to read more about his visit to Cornelia Public Library. Click here to see pictures.



March 2008 A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa Super Saturday On March 29, 2008, GPB and KCET’s A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa hosted Super Saturday. Over 200 child care providers attended this free and bilingual training event held at Rockbridge Elementary in Gwinnett County. Providers received five hours of Bright from the Start/Department of Early Care and Learning credit for participating in trainings about health, child development, early literacy and art. In addition, attendees were treated to breakfast, lunch, take-home supplies, prizes, AND a fabulous storytelling performance from nationally recognized author and storyteller, Carmen Deedy.


March 2008 A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa Albany Celebration GPB and KCET’s A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa celebrated Child Care Providers in Albany, GA. After a brief training about creative play, providers were treated to dinner and free resources they could use in their centers and homes. Nominated providers were recognized and attendees were encouraged to network and exchange ideas.


January 2008 Lee Y Serás Windy Lopez represented Scholastic and its program, Lee Y Serás (read and you will be), as they conducted this enlightening two-day training at GPB. Latino education advocates were able to attend from all over the State. The methods and ideas they brought back to their communities are sure to have a great impact on early literacy and cultural understanding. Click here to see pictures.


December 2007 A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa Kim Byrd Celebration GPB, BP, and KCET’s A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa celebrated Kim Byrd during this festive holiday gathering. Mike Kumpf of BP, members of Fairburn’s city council, and Carol Veatch of GPB spoke on behalf of Kim Byrd, praising her recognition as an outstanding Child Care Provider.


November 2007 David Rosen Students, teachers, tutors, volunteers, advocates, literacy services administrators, board members and everyone interested in the role of public policy and the impact of literacy-related services enjoyed the second annual Metro-Atlanta Literacy Awareness event on Thursday, November 1, 2007.



September 2007 Augusta Children’s Festival GPB traveled with Curious George to Augusta! During the kick-off celebration for Augusta Children’s Week, GPB read a Curious George story to over 2,000 preschoolers and their teachers. On their way out, the teachers were provided with free PBS Kids resources and activities.


July 2007 Seasons Readings GPB and Curious George partnered with Mary Perdue, the First Lady of Georgia, for the library dedication and book drive for Rabun County’s Power House for Kids Child Advocacy Center. Click here to see pictures.





July 2007 Between the Lions Summer Tour Between the Lions kicked off the show’s summer tour with a live puppet show featuring Theo and Leona. The interactive show included jokes, songs, story time and a meet n’ greet with the puppets and puppeteers! Click here to see event highlights.