Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2010 National Book Festival: Celebrating a Decade of Words and Wonder

It's hard to believe that this is the 10th year for the National Book Festival. The first festival began the summer I moved to Virginia, which made it possible for me to attend. And, am I ever happy that I made the trip!

Being among people who love books as much as I do is a wondrous thing indeed. Hundreds of people, old and young alike, descend upon the National Mall in Washington D.C. each year to hear authors talk about their work. It's usually hot or raining and crowded, but still, you gotta love it.

This year, the National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and as usual, is free of charge. Each year, the line up of children's and YA authors/illustrators/advocates  is commendable and this year is no different. Check out the list so far:

M.T. Anderson
Michael Buckley
Suzanne Collins
Timothy Basil Ering
Jules Feiffer
Mem Fox
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Phillip M. Hoose
Norton Juster
Pat Mora
Marilyn Nelson
Linda Sue Park
Katherine Paterson
James Ransome
Anita Silvey
Judith Viorst

I know! Exciting, right? So, make plans to attend. Maybe we can even have a kidlit get together the night before?

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