Magic, Music, Dragons, and Dinosaurs!

“It’s an extraordinary thing to be able to do something you’re truly passionate about…something that connects with children, asks them to come along for a wild ride and then actually teaches them something in the process.”  (Mr. Mike)

The Children’s Stage is located at the corner of Howard Avenue and Fawcett Street, in front of the Tea Room.


Click HERE to see all the children’s book authors and vendors who will be setting up at the festival!


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“Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli

Children’s author, “Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli is the author of three volumes of Dinorific Poetry.  The books are stuffed with what he calls “fact-packed dino rhymes” that seek to highlight those ancient beasts that have somehow managed to avoid the spotlight that frequently shines upon the T-rex and Stegosaurus.  In addition to his dinosaur stories, he hosts a dinosaur game show, sings and plays percussion in a dino music band and is proud to host the Children’s Stage for this year’s Kensington Day of the Book Festival.

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In addition to his role as Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon, Mr Mike will present his Dinorific Poetry from 2:30 to 3:00.

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The Great Zucchini

Location: Children’s Stage, 11:15 to 12:00

The Great Zucchini has been Washington DC’s #1 children’s entertainer for over 15 years. He has performed at the White House, Vice President’s House, 11 embassies, and is the only children’s entertainer to grace the stage of The World Famous DC Improv. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Come watch this staple of the DC metropolitan area!
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whistlefritzPresents Jorge Anaya

Location: Children’s Stage, 1:30 to 2:30

Jorge Anaya is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has delighted audiences of all ages across the United States and Latin America.   Jorge’s CDs of original and traditional Spanish songs — released under the Whistlefritz label — have won over 50 awards from the most prestigious organizations in children’s music and media.  Jorge  has performed on Whistlefritz’s award-winning language-learning videos as well as for Presidents of the United States and El Salvador, Congress, the Gala Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and in countless venues in the DC area.  JorgeFiestajpeg    ArtistJorgeAnaya

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rainbow rock bandRainbow Rock Band

Location: Children’s Stage, 12:15 to 1:00

Get ready to rock the rainbow! The Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran), joined by one or more of her friends, will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children’s songs, from their CD “Meet the Rainbow!” Rainbow Rock will keep you boppin in your socks until you just can’t rock anymore! This amazing team is joined by the lovely Pattycake Patty (Patty Moran) who is on hand to help out with microphones and more for your little one to join in the fun! Are you ready to meet the rainbow?  Suggested age range: Infant to 7 yr olds.

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Casal Catala presents

“St George & the Dragon”

Come watch a short play on the legend of St. George & the Dragon. (Did you know the Day of the Book has it’s origins in this fairytale legend?)

Location: Children’s Stage, 1:00 – 1:30




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Pick up a clue bag at the Welcome Table.  The hunt will take you through the festival.  Have fun solving the clues and filling your bag!