By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of people made their way to the Community College of Philadelphia Saturday afternoon for the 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair.

Greeted by traditional African drums as they entered the door, visitors were treated to much more inside the auditorium. Thousands of books were up for grabs as vendors tables lines wrapped around the room. Nykiah was shopping around with her daughter Camryn, and said she encourages all parents to get their children out to a book fair.

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“It’s important for their children to read, so it is very important to get books that they’re interested in,” Nykiah said. “And it’s a good idea to get out here because they get to look at all the pictures and see what appeals to them and they can find something that they would enjoy.”

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Camryn says she decided to go with a book about friendship, but Anthony decided to go with something a little different.

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“It’s a book about three doctors that grew up in the ghetto,” Anthony said.