Telling Kentucky's Story

Kids Day Information for Grades 3 through 8

2017 Kentucky Book Fair

7th Annual KBF Kids Day

Friday, November 17, 2017

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

Free, but registration is require


The 7th Annual KBF Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017. KBF Kids Day is an active and fun-filled educational experience for students in grades 3 – 8. Your students will enjoy a full day of interactive activities with authors, time for lunch, and book shopping. Working with our children and young adult authors, we’ve developed five unique age-appropriate tracks.


We have scheduled a full day of activities for students in grades 3 – 8. Teachers are encouraged to register for this free event now. As you will see from the selection of scheduled tracks, students will get the most out of the day if they are able to attend the entirety of KBF Kids Day. However, if your school schedule doesn’t permit a full day at Kids Day, we will adjust your schedule to include only a portion of the activities.


We will have 34 childrens and young adult authors at Kids Day for students to meet and greet. Their books will be available for purchase and students can have the author autograph their purchased books. In addition to the authors, there will be sessions for classes to attend. Each group will have time for shopping, lunch and bathroom breaks as well.



Students in grades 3 – 8 must bring a sack lunch including drinks, to enjoy on the premises. Each class will be provided a designated "homebase" area in the Alltech Arena where they can leave their coats, enjoy lunch, read books, and relax during designated times.



What follows are tentative schedule tracks for grades 3 – 8 attending KBF Kids Day. When you register please select your preferred schedule track by color (blue, yellow, pink = grades 3 – 5; purple, green, and pink = grades 6 – 8). Because space in each track is limited, your preference will be taken into account, but not guaranteed, as soon as your registration is received.



We also invite schools to apply for a travel grant to help make it possible for students to attend KBF Kids Day. Grants of $300 each are available to schools with students in grades 3 – 12 that plan to attend the event and need assistance. Funds are provided through a generous donation from the Snowy Owl Foundation, Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants and other private funds.

Registration for KBF Kids Day and application for travel grants opens on August 1, 2017 and closes when capacity is reached. All educators will be notified as to whether they have been approved for a travel grant by September 15, 2017. Schedules will be mailed to the teachers no later than October 1, 2017.


Parking will be available for buses. Instructions and maps will be sent with the confirmation packet.



A complete price list will be mailed to teachers in the confirmation packet. We strongly suggest distributing this list to students, so they will know which books are available and how much money they will need to bring. Of course, students are not required to purchase any books. However, many will want to and parents will appreciate knowing ahead of time how much money to send with their child.



August 1, 2017 – KBF Kids Day Registration Opens

August 1, 2017 – Application for Travel Grants Opens

August 31, 2017 – Final Date to Apply for a Travel Grant

September 15, 2017 – Teachers notified regarding travel grants

October 1, 2017 – Confirmation Packets mailed to the teachers

November 17, 2017 – KBF Kids Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm*

*Programming begins at 9:30 am sharp.

PLEASE NOTE: This event has reached capacity. Check back on August 1, 2018 for the 2018 KBF Kids Day registration.