On November 19, 2015, author Chris Van Allsburg pulled into the Great Hall in Chicago’s Union Station as part of a multi-city book tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of his beloved 1986 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book, The Polar Express. The author signed books from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., but the enchantment didn’t end when Van Allsburg left. Children wishing to ride the magical line may do so at Union Station now through January 3. (The Polar Express rides are organized by Rail Events Inc.).
Fast-tracking throughout the Midwest, the book tour started in Kalamazoo, worked through Grand Rapids (Van Allsburg’s hometown), Cincinnati, Louisville, then Chicago, and will reach its final destination today (November 20) in Milwaukee. Fans who missed the connection needn’t go off the rails, though: publisher Houghton-Mifflin recently released a commemorative edition of the book. (more…)