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Two moderators and 3 authors laugh together on stage at the National Book Festival.

Best of the National Book Festival 2022: Young Adult

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This is a guest post by Sasha Dowdy, a program specialist in the Literary Initiatives Office. It was originally published in the National Book Festival blog.  The Young Adult stage was a busy spot at the National Book Festival this year, for both teens, adults and everyone in-between. Plus, we welcomed three teen moderators on …

Jason Reynolds poses with his ambassador medal against a black background

Closing Celebration for National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was co-written by Monica Valentine and Alli Hartley-Kong of the Library’s Informal Learning Office On January 16, 2020, award-winning writer Jason Reynolds began his tenure as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. While the role of the ambassador is to “raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature,” Reynolds …

Two authors sit on the stage at the National Book Festival. Nic Stone is a Black woman with long hair, and Kwame Alexander is a bald Black man speaking animatedly with his hands.

Best of the Festival 2022: Kid Lit

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was written by Sasha Dowdy, a program specialist in the Literary Initiatives Office. It was originally published in the National Book Festival blog. The National Book Festival has always welcomed families and children, and this year was no exception. On the KidLit stage, the stage devoted to middle-grade writers and their latest books. …

An archival box with a picture of a boy demonstrating a website and a tank on it.

Veteran’s Day Activities for Children and Families: Highlighting Artists and Aviators

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This is a guest blog by Siobhan Miller, Teaching with Primary Sources intern at the Young Readers Center & Programs Lab.  With thanks to Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project. For more information on the Teaching with Primary Sources internship opportunity, please follow this link. As Veterans Day approaches, many of us are reflecting …

A newspaper article with the headline "Larry Doby Welcomed Home by Citizens"

Baseball History Part Two: Finding Larry Doby in the Newspaper Collections

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This summer, I was inspired by our programs at National Park to explore my own family connections with baseball. This post is a follow-up to my colleague Lauren’s post, “Baseball History: Reflections & Family History Activities”. My grandfather grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, home of his baseball hero—Larry Doby. After serving in World War …

Promotional graphics for Halloween Family Day at hte LIbrary of Congress, featuring pictures of the authors with their books, and the words "Halloween FAmily Day" October 22. 10 am-2 pm Family friendly Halloween activities, 2 pm Featured author program and 3:30 pm book signing and meet and greet with the authors

Halloween Family Day at the Library of Congress: Resources & Collections

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was written by Monica Valentine, a program specialist in the Library’s Informal Learning Office. Research assistance was provided by teen summer interns This fall, the authors of two beloved Kid Lit series—Goosebumps and Magic Tree House—are celebrating thirty years of their popular series at the Library. We invite you to join us on …

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Children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature: Webcast and Family Discussion Questions

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was authored by Sasha Dowdy, a program specialist in the Library’s literary initiative team. Last year, the Hispanic Reading Room partnered with the the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) to  celebrate children’s and young adult Latin American and Latinx literature with a virtual webcast. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we …