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Adventures for Families and Readers of All Ages

Visitors explore family friendly activities on the expo floor at the National Book Festival, September 1, 2018. Photo by David Rice.

An exciting lineup of more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators – including nearly 50 who write for children and teens – as well as readings, trivia, costumed characters and interactive exhibits will provide a wide variety of family-friendly activities at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 19th festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the Washington Convention Center. The event is free and open to everyone.

This year’s festival will include two stages for children’s authors, one for teens and a variety of activities on the Concourse and Lower Level of the center, presented by the Library of Congress and festival sponsors. Authors for children and teens appearing at the festival include Mac Barnett, Holly Black, R. J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Jon Scieszka, Raina Telgemeier and Renée Watson, to name a few. Families can pick up a children’s guide to the festival at the information booth on the Lower Level and both children’s stages to plan a day of activities. The guide, which will also be available online at loc.gov/bookfest in the days prior to the festival, was created by the Mensa Foundation and the Library to provide tips on what to see and do.

For a complete description of these family-friendly activities, check out today’s extensive news release detailing the events and their sponsors.

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 29. You can get up-to-the-minute news, schedule updates and other important festival information by subscribing to this blog. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.

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