Storybook Holiday

Dec 4, 2023 2:17 PM



The 20th annual Storybook Holiday hosted by FSU’s Children Literature Centre (CLC) took place on December 2, 2023. Will Hillenbrand, author/illustrator returned this year with a book dedicated to the City of Frostburg, “Little Red”. Will was declared an honorary citizen, given a key to the city, and named December 2nd of every year to be Will Hillenbrand Day! The day started with Breakfast with the Elves, and hosted the Storybook Holiday parade, Elf Olympics, the Elves’ Secret Workshop, Letters to Santa, the NEW Elf Training Academy, an author/illustrator presentation, and everything in between! The day ended with “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Palace Theater, which was the first movie shown at Storybook Holiday 20 years ago. Businesses were open so that families could stop in to shop, and children were given cookie kits and a free treat for completing a scavenger hunt around town! This day is FREE for children and a boost for local Frostburg businesses. The day would not be successful without support from FSU students, staff, volunteers, the businesses of Frostburg, and our sponsors! We cannot wait for Storybook Holiday 2024, where Beth Ferry will be the featured author with her book “The Christmassy Cactus” and will be the first author/illustrator to ever attend all three events: Pirates Ahoy (taking place in July), The Spring Festival of Children’s Literature (taking place in April), and Storybook Holiday (coming 2024)! Mark your calendars for December 7, 2024, for our 21st Annual Storybook Holiday!