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Storybook Festival

A family-friendly event benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank.

Storybook Festival is a new family-friendly event embracing the fun and magic of children’s storybooks. Children enjoy a performance by a story-performer, a costume parade, greetings with book characters, distanced activity areas and more. All proceeds from the event benefit our mission to increase book ownership among under-served children throughout Chicagoland.

The inaugural event was Saturday, May 22nd at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff. Thank you to everyone who attended! For a recap of the event and a fully gallery of photos, visit our blog.


  • Participate in the Children’s Costume Parade
  • Listen to a Storyteller Performance
  • Meet Storybook Characters (Curious George, Pete the Cat, Madeline & more)
  • Take family photos in storybook cutouts
  • Read with North Shore K-9 Therapy dogs
  • Jam Out to Live Music by School of Rock
  • Enjoy Pizzeria DeVille Artisan Pizza & Suzy’s Swirl Frozen Yogurt

Looking for more ways to engage with our mission? Learn about additional fundraising events at Bernie’s Book Bank.

You don't have to work in education to know that there are many factors in learning to be a successful reader, but none is as important as having actual access to personal books. Bernie's Book Bank comes walking right into the classrooms on a regular basis and makes the impossible possible for these children.

Jane Vester

Librarian, McCall Elementary School