Literary Events for the Little Ones

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 23, 2011 9:30PM

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Author Carolyn Crimi will be reading tomorrow at the Book Stall in Winnetka.
After last week's tease of warm weather, it feels especially disappointing out. And we aren’t the only ones getting cabin fever. If you’re looking to get the kids out of the house, here are a few upcoming literary events that might peak their interest:

Storytime with Carolyn Crimi: Two words: books and cats. Children’s author Carolyn Crimi will be reading from her newest book, Dear Tabby at the Book Stall, an independent bookstore in Winnetka. All proceeds from the event and from the book will go to benefit PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill shelter. Dear Tabby, which is illustrated by David Roberts is a Kindergarten-to-Grade 3 book about Tabby D. Cat, an advice columnist for the creatures of Critterville. “Using common sense,” says Booklist, “she counsels the parrot to listen, the skunk to be patient, and the groundhog to shine on his special day… Although some animals require more guidance than others…her wisdom eventually prevails.”
Feb. 24, The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street in Winnetka, 4:30, $2 donation to PAWS Chicago

Children’s Reading Hour: The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square is hosting a children’s reading hour this Friday. Bonus: The Book Cellar sells booze. We’re not suggesting you give your kids booze. But we might be suggesting that you sneak a glass of wine yourself. No matter that it's in the morning. The rest of the day will be easier.
Feb. 25, The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 11 a.m., free

Puppet Show Storytime: Every month, literacy non-profit Open Books hosts a free literary-inspired puppet show for little ones. Stop by after brunch and take the opportunity to peruse the bookshelves of the used bookstore. All proceeds from sales benefit the Open Books literacy programs for adults and children in Chicago.
Feb. 27, Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl, 1 p.m., free