African American book fair is May 10 at the Lewis museum

Terry Taylor, education program coordinator, reads a story at the Martin Luther King day event at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / January 21, 2013)

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is hosting a book fair this weekend that will highlight books about African Americans as well as showcase African American authors and illustrators. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gives a reading at 2:00.

"It's critical to have books and role models that reflect young readers," said the museum's executive director, Skipp Sanders. "Otherwise, the risk becomes that our next generation grows up feeling invisible, and it becomes that much harder for them to build a positive self-image at a critical time in development."

The book fair, which is free and open to the public, will have readings by 25 award-winning authors and illustrators as well as crafts and cultural performances. It will be held Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Lewis Museum (830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore). For more information, click here.