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Boston Book Festival Announces Highland Street Foundation as Presenting Partner

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[Boston, MA – February 12, 2015] The Boston Book Festival, celebrating the power of words, announces that the Highland Street Foundation, committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families, will be the presenting partner of its inaugural festival HUBBUB: CREATIVE COMMOTION FOR KIDS, to be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Boston’s Copley Square.

“The offerings for children at the annual Boston Book Festival have been so popular,” says Boston Book Festival founder and executive director Deborah Porter, “that it seemed only fitting to develop another festival focused solely on cultural enrichment for children and families.”

“We’re proud to support the inaugural Hubbub festival,” says Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “Its mission--to be inclusive and provide enrichment for all kids and families throughout the city--is truly in line with our values.”

“We’re thrilled that the Highland Street Foundation has stepped up right out of the gate,” says Porter. “With their support, we’re sure that the inaugural HUBBUB will provide a wonderful interactive time for kids of all ages and their families. We believe that curiosity, excitement, wonder, and play are the keys to lifelong learning. Hubbub will present the best in children’s literature, music, puppetry and hands-on science and technology activities to inspire children and their families. We hope to give families concrete ideas to encourage creative play and learning all summer long.” 

About Hubbub

At Hubbub, children will be inspired by world-class artists, authors, and performers. Kids may marvel at an experimental puppet show, giggle at a storyteller's antics, or be wonderstruck by the skills of a musician or roving acrobat. Fueled by that inspiration, it'll be their turn to create, invent, and explore— perhaps constructing a robot, catapult, or puppet, crafting a comic strip story, or contributing their own beats to a drum circle. Kids will encounter surprises around every corner of Copley Square, including at Old South ChurchBoston Public Library, and Boston Common Hotel, which will all host Hubbub programming.

Hubbub's outdoor tents will burst with opportunities for active, hands-on learning—all of it free and open to all attendees. The Science On the Square tent offers young explorers a chance to take part in real experiments guided by scientists, engineers, and educators. At Maker Space, kids can turn imagination into reality by designing, tinkering, building, and crafting. At Peekaboo, even the tiniest attendees can get into the act, with finger painting, sensory explorations, and bubbles galore.

On Copley Square Park’s lawn, kids can explore a variety of wellness activities, from yoga to hip-hop dance, from obstacle courses to circus arts. They will also be entertained by performances from a variety of local and regional artists on the outdoor stage. Food trucks galore will surround the area, too.

Initial Hubbub partner organizations include the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Science, Read Boston, Puppet Showplace Theatre, Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and More than Words. Programming and more information will be announced in March 2015. Click here for more information on Hubbub or visit

About the Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families in Massachusetts and California. The Foundation directs its efforts to provide access and opportunities in the area of education, housing, mentorship, health care, environment, and the arts. Since its establishment in 1989 the McGrath family and the Highland Street Foundation have contributed more than $155 million to many worthy nonprofit organizations. Visit for more information.

About the Boston Book Festival

The Boston Book Festival and Hubbub are produced by the nonprofit organization, Boston Book Festival Inc. The Boston Book Festival, Inc., produces events that engage adults and children in a celebration of literature, ideas, creativity and culture. In just six years, the Boston Book Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the cultural life of the City of Boston. Click here for more information on the Boston Book Festival.