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National Book Festival is for readers of every age

BookFestivalWBy Katie Riley

Calling all bookworms! Looking for a fun and educational activity for your young readers? Head to the Library of Congress National Book Festival Saturday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. -10 p.m.

With a line-up of bestselling authors of every kind, each member of the family will find something to love at this free event. This year’s National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the expanded venue will offer a greater selection of genre pavilions.

In addition to the longtime favorites of History, Biography, Fiction and Mystery, Poetry and Prose, Children’s, Contemporary Life and Teens, this year’s festival will offer separate pavilions for Science, Culinary Arts, and Picture Books sure to interest even the youngest readers.

Young booklovers can meet their favorite authors, have books signed and watch a short presentation by the author. Middle grade and young adult readers will thrill at the chance to meet Kate DiCamillo, award-winning writer of “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Because of Winn Dixie” and the 2014 Newbery Award Winner, “Flora and Ulysses.” Parents and children who enjoyed “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” can meet its author, Judith Viorst. Kids of all ages will find a reason to laugh when they watch a presentation by Dav Pilkey, author of the hilariously popular “Captain Underpants” series.Book-festival-poster-2014

There will also be plenty of educational opportunities to feed your family’s hunger for books. The “Let’s Read America” pavilion will offer literary activities for families and children and the “Pavilion of the States” tells the story behind each state’s literary traditions.

Special evening programming has been added this year, such as a poetry slam, a “Graphic Novels Super Session,” and a presentation entitled “Great Books to Great Movies.” More than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be on-hand in the pavilions and books will be available for purchase on-site.

For more information about this free event and a full schedule of authors and appearances, visit the Library of Congress official site for the National Book Festival:

National Book Festival
Saturday, Aug. 30
Walter E. Washington Convention Center: located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Square.
Accessible via the Yellow/Green line of Metro: Mt. Vernon Square Station

For more family fun visit our events calendar.

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