Saturday, September 12, 2015

National Book Festival

My family attended the National Book Festival in Washington DC on September 5, 2015. In many ways our family can not live without books; which is why we traveled six hours from Ohio for the fourth year in a row. At the festival, we enjoyed many entertaining presentations by authors and illustrators, had stacks of our books autographed, and met many other children's book enthusiasts. This was our fourth National Book Festival and we thought it was the best yet!
Poster by Peter de Sève - Image Source (Library of Congress)
This year's theme was "I CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT BOOKS" which is one of many famous quotes by Thomas Jefferson. 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress acquiring Thomas Jefferson's personal collection of 6,000 books. In 1812, the British destroyed the first Library of Congress and in 1815 Thomas Jefferson sold his collection for just over $23,000 to help rebuild the Library. (Washington Post).

The festival started 10am but the doors at Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened at 9am.

Within the first 5 minutes of arriving we were interviewed by PBS. They asked my children to talk about what they were looking forward to seeing and doing at the festival.  They answered "Seeing Steve Light, and meeting authors!"
Next, I met Todd Bol, Creator, Executive Director and First Steward of Little Free Library. We have a Little Free Library in our front yard. It was an honor to meet him.
We saw an amazing presentation by Christian Robinson and Mac Barnett. We love their new book, Leo: A Ghost Story.
Steve Light entertained us by reading his book Have You Seen My Dragon?. My family has been fans of Steve Light for 5 years. It was exciting to finally meet him in person!
I carted around a ton of books. We were able to get about 2/3 of them autographed.  
My daughter was the circle in Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld's FriendShape presentation.
Caldecott Medalist, Dan Santat autographed our books! My children really enjoyed his hilarious presentation -- "I Like Chicken!"
My children were very excited Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, autographed their books.
Audrey Wood was one of over a dozen authors and illustrators to sign our poster! She remembered when we celebrated her birthday on Happy Birthday Author.
The NatBookFest is perfect event for this family who CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT BOOKS! If your family loves books too, I hope you consider joining us next year!


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