Join Ford House, ECHO Resource Center, and Grosse Pointe Public Library for our second annual Story Festival!

Listen to stories, and have fun playing in a variety of activities happening onsite at Ford House. This program is best for children ages 7 and under.ย ย Stories will be read around every half hour, with the last story read at 1:30 p.m. Jim Gill will be performing a read-along and sing-along presentations of his book, A Soup Opera! twice, once at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

Admission: $5 for all ages 6 and up, Free under 6.ย  *All sales final,ย no returns or exchanges.

Jim Gill is our guest performer at Story Festival this year!ย ย Jim is a musician and author with unique credentials among childrenโ€™s artists. Jim is a child development specialist, having completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicagoย with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jimโ€™s recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.





Shelley Johannes is the author-illustrator of the acclaimed Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinkerย chapter book seriesโ€”and her picture book debut, More Than Sunny. A former architectural designer, Shelley has a fondness for tracing paper, processes, and accidental discoveries. She and her family live in Metro Detroit with four feathered friends, who make every day sunny and birdy. You can find Shelley at or on social media as @shelleyjohannes. Her second picture bookโ€”This Joy!โ€”hits shelves on October 4th!



We also have authors Kelly Baptist and Brenda Ban of Built to Thrive joining us for a great time of stories and fun!