The Detroit Fanfare show is being held in Dearborn MI this year, so it's even closer to home. Here's the website.
Getting back to books that helped mold me into the artist I am now, I recommend Jack Prelutsky's Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep, illustrated by Arnold Lobel. This was one of my favorite books in the Fletcher Elementary library. I would check this book out whenever I could find it on the shelves. I loved it!
It was pretty much this book, the Garden of Abdul Asazi, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and Jumanji. Nightmares was my absolute favorite though, and I drew and redrew all the illustrations inside. I even did a reading of The Dance of the Thirteen Skeletons for a 2nd grade class when I was in the 6th grade. I was horrible, my stage fright didn't slacken even in front of a bunch of 8 year olds (that's right, right? 2nd grade-8 yrs). I read a couple of the poems to Emily last night and I think a couple of puzzle pieces fell into place for her in regards to the fabric of my being. :)