By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 20th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will take place next Saturday.

The book fair is the oldest and biggest book fair of its kind, according to Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, the founder of the African American Book Project.

“This book fair is very unique because from the time you walk in the room, you see a wide variety of authors, illustrators and books, promotional give-a-ways.”

Lloyd-Sgambati says thousands of books, including fiction, nonfiction and educational books will be available for purchase. She says there will be a number of workshops, and more than two dozen African American authors in attendance.

“There’s Jabari Yasim, who does picture books and board books for babies. There’s Walter D. Myers, who is the US official ambassador for juvenile literature.”

The free book fair will take place next Saturday at the Community College of Philadelphia.

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