National Book Festival on the Mall Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23

The National Book Festival takes place on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets this weekend Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5:30 p.m.  The event is free, no tickets necessary, and happens rain or shine.

Cool Stuff for Families

Download the Children’s Guide for the National Book Festival: The guide provides families with insider tips to navigate this fabulous annual event, and locate the children’s and teen’s authors appearing at the festival.

Author Readings and Meet and Greets! Children’s authors the A Parent in Silver Spring crew is excited about: Walter Dean Myers (Love That Boy), Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House), Lois Lowry (Anastasia Krupnik), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps). Noted adult authors to blow moms and dads’ minds: Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nikky Finney and Poet Laureate Philip Levine. Look up your favorite author’s event.

Scholastic celebrates Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th birthday with the Biggest Birthday Ever, Scholastic’s Storia reading corner will host e-read-alouds from its new e-reading app, showcasing Scholastic’s exciting digital offerings and delighting kids. Scholastic also will host the popular “Build-a-Book” station that lets visitors turn a blank book into a masterpiece.

LEGO’s Read & Build Area gives kids a place at the Festival to read and build creatively with LEGO DUPLO bricks. Scheduled playtimes consisting of 30-minute guided activities, inspirational songs and time for free building that will combine reading and building with LEGO bricks.

Target will offer author readings and musical entertainment on the Family Storytelling Stage to help parents and caring adults nurture youngsters’ love of reading. Target also returns to the festival with its Storybook Station, where children and adults can enjoy their favorite books or participate in activities that stimulate their artistic and creative abilities.

The PBS KIDS Pavilion offers live sing-alongs with SteveSongs, story readings and skill-building activities. Young readers can pose for pictures with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, including the cast of SUPER WHY!, Martha from Martha Speaks, The Cat in the Hat , Curious George and Arthur. Welcome the newest member of the PBS KIDS family, Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a series inspired by Fred Rogers.

Barnes & Noble is the official bookseller for the 2012 National Book Festival. Festival-goers can pick up books by featured authors en route to the book-signing areas or just enjoy this massive book fair!


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