The Library of Congress Pavilion features a variety of interactive family-centered activities about the importance of lifelong literacy, cultural preservation, and preserving digital culture. At the National Book Festival, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the reading programs and resources in libraries across the country. Representatives from every state and territory welcome families and children interested in that state's writers and reading programs.
Dates and Times
September 21-22, 2013
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
National Mall, between 9th streets and 14th Sts.
The closest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian, and L'Enfant Plaza. See a map of the National Mall.
2013 National Book Festival Highlights
- At the Let’s Read America Pavilion, the Washington Post’s mascot, Ned the Newshound, will make a special appearance on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to pose for photos. Children can also learn about the Wells Fargo Stagecoach as they build replica stagecoach banks and participate in coloring activities.
- The Buffalo Bill stagecoach, within the History & Biography pavilion, will showcase its link with the six-horse coaches that once sped across the vast plains and high mountains of our nation.
- Scholastic will showcase a sneak peek at artwork by beloved children’s illustrators who were asked to demonstrate what “Read Every Day” means to them. Festival-goers can visit Scholastic’s Storia™ reading corner for e-read-alouds from its new e-reading app, showcasing Scholastic’s exciting digital offerings and delighting kids.
- In the PBS KIDS pavilion, parents and children will explore the world of literacy featuring live sing-alongs with SteveSongs, story readings, and skill-building activities and learn about the new PBS KIDS show “Peg + Cat” which airs Oct. 7. Young readers can pose for pictures with their favorite PBS KIDS characters.
- Interactive learning stations in the Digital Bookmobile will give visitors an opportunity to search a library's digital catalog, use compatible mobile devices and sample popular eBook, audiobook, music and video titles.
- The C-SPAN Bus will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday for visitors to learn about C-SPAN2’s Book TV, the First Ladies series and more.
- The Poetry & Prose pavilion features performances by award-winning students of Poetry Out Loud, an NEA and Poetry Foundation program that encourages high-school students to memorize and perform great poems.
2013 National Book Festival AuthorsKatherine Applegate, Marie Arana, Rick Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nicholson Baker, Lynda Barry, Bonnie Benwick, A. Scott Berg, Holly Black, Taylor Branch, Monica Brown, Fred Bowen, Christopher Buckley, Fred Chao, Jeff Chu, Susan Cooper, Alfred Corchado, Justin Cronin, Matt de la Peña, Don DeLillo, Daniel DeSimone, Stuart Eizenstat, Kathryn Erskine, Richard Paul Evans, David Finkel, Brian Floca, Amity Gaige, Eric Gansworth, Cristina Garcia, Albert Goldbarth, Alyson Hagy, Mark Helprin, Kevin Henkes, Jonathan Hennessey, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Juan Felipe Herrera, John Hessler, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Khaled Hosseini, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Oliver Jeffers, Pati Jinich, Adam Johnson, William P. Jones, Cynthia Kadohata, Thomas Keneally, Jamaica Kincaid, Matthew J. Kirby, Jon Klassen, Hoda Kotb, Kirby Larson, Giada De Laurentiis, Grace Lin, Mario Livio, Rafael López, Kenneth W. Mack, William Martin, Ayana Mathis, D.T. Max, James McBride, D.J. MacHale, Heather McHugh, Lisa McMann, Terry McMillan, Brad Meltzer, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, Elizabeth Moon, Christopher Myers, David Nasaw, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Kadir Nelson, Patrick Ness, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson, Richard Peck, Benjamin Percy, Tamora Pierce, Daniel Pink, Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Matthew Quick, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, Vaddey Ratner, Linda Ronstadt, Veronica Roth, Christel Schmidt, Jon and Casey Scieszka, Chad "Corntassel" Smith, Andrew Solomon, Sonya Sones, Walter Stahr, Manil Suri, James L. Swanson, Mark Teague, Evan Thomas, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Steve Vogel, Rick Yancey, Dean Young, George Weigel, William Wegman, Charles Whelan and Henry Wiencek.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.
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