Boston Book Festival Announces New Kids’ Festival, ‘Hubbub: Creative Commotion’

The inaugural event will be next June.

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Curious George and the man in the yellow hat entertain children at the 2014 Boston Book Festival. / Photo by Olga Khvan

If your kids enjoyed the Boston Book Festival, then another brand-new event just announced by the BBF will be perfect for your young readers.

Following the success of the sixth annual festival last weekend, the organization has announced that next year, they’ll launch a new festival called “Hubbub: Creative Commotion,” which will essentially be a Boston Book Festival for children.

“The kids and family components of the annual Boston Book Festival have been so popular…that it seemed only fitting to develop another festival focused solely on cultural enrichment for children and families,” said BBF founder and executive director Deborah Porter in a press release.

Indeed, the family-friendly activities—including a costume parade, children’s book readings, and even a dedicated kids’ keynote speaker (Rick Riordan for 2014)—have been an integral part of the Boston Book Festival. Hubbub: Creative Commotion seems like a natural extension for the BBF organization to continue celebrating and enhancing Boston’s literary scene. And any event that gets kids excited about reading is one we can stand behind.

Like the Boston Book Festival, the kids’ festival will be free and open to the public, with presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, readings, an outdoor stage with live entertainment, and other activities such as magic, arts and crafts, and so on.


The inaugural Hubbub: Creative Commotion will take place June 20, 2015, in Copley Square. Indoor venues include the BPL and Old South Church. To learn more, visit