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NationalBookFestivalThe National Book Festival is next weekend, September 21st and 22nd, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Here are some highlights that the organizers sent to me specifically for kids:

  • "Famous authors. Children’s and teen authors Katherine Paterson, Holly Black, Kadir Nelson, Katherine Applegate and award-winning children’s book illustrator Rafael López are just a few of the award-wining authors who will discuss and sign their latest books.
  • Kid & family-friendly activities.  Kids can take a nationwide tour of our nation’s literacy initiatives in the Pavilion of the States, Saturday only at the 2013 event.
  • “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest: The contest encourages rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The context is administered through local public library systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. Top winners will be honored at this year’s National Book Festival.
  • Library of Congress resources.  Inside the Library of Congress Pavilion, children of all ages will enjoy learning about all the exciting resources our nation’s oldest federal cultural institution has to offer—everything from learning how to research their family’s genealogy to what it takes for a song to be cool enough to make the National Jukebox’s cut." 

And here are the logistical details:


The Library of Congress’ 2013 National Book Festival—an annual celebration of books, reading and literature co-chaired by President Obama and Mrs. Obama.  This DC tradition gives book lovers of all ages a rare opportunity to interact with and get their books signed by their favorite authors.

For more information and a complete list of authors, visit

When:  Sept. 21 & 22

9/21: 10am – 5:30pm
9/22: noon – 5:30pm


The National Mall, between 9th & 14th Streets
Washington, D.C."

Are any of you planning to attend the National Book Festival? I'd like to go someday, but it's too far to justify for me unless I happen to be on the East Coast anyway. 

Wishing everyone who does attend happy reading, good weather, and many author sightings.