{ subscribe_url:'/share/sites/library-of-congress-blogs/national-book-festival.php' }

News! Full Author Lineup for 2020 Festival

We’ve just announced the full lineup of more than 100 authors, poets and illustrators for the 20th anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival! This year’s festival, to be held during the weekend of Sept. 25-27 with the theme of celebrating American ingenuity, will be all-virtual, offering on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes and more.

Get all of the details here, and mark your calendars now! And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news and updates on the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Also, here’s the poster for the 2020 festival. Click on the image below to visit and download a gallery of all 20 National Book Festival posters through the years. See you in September!

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival Poster

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year. 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.

Best of the National Book Festival: Kadir Nelson, 2011

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with writer and illustrator Kadir Nelson discussing his young-adult book “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” on the Teens stage at the 2011 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 8-12.

Best of the National Book Festival: Kwame Alexander, 2015

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with author Kwame Alexander discussing his children’s book “The Crossover” on the Teens stage at the 2015 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 8+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Jason Reynolds, 2020

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with the inauguration of Jason Reynolds as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2019. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 9+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan discussing their young adult novel “Watch Us Rise” on the Teens stage at the 2019 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the authors and the author’s’ work—recommended for ages 12+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Jewell Parker Rhodes (2018) and Angie Thomas (2017)

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues today with two selections: Jewell Parker Rhodes discussing “Ghost Boy” on the Children’s Green stage at the 2018 Festival, and Angie Thomas discussing “The Hate U Give” on the Teen stage at the 2017 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the authors and the authors’ work; prompts for Rhodes’s presentation are recommended for ages 7-12, and prompts for Thomas’s presentation are recommended for ages 13+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Raina Telgemeier, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with children’s author Raina Telgemeier discussing her books “Guts” and “Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story” on the Main Stage at the 2019 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 8-14.

Best of the National Book Festival: Carmen Agra Deedy, 2017

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy discussing her book “The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!” on the Children’s Green Stage at the 2017 Festival. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 6+.

Best of the National Book Festival: Neil Patrick Harris, 2019

Our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival continues with actor and author Neil Patrick Harris discussing “The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third.” The event, part of the new year-long National Book Festival Presents series, took place in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. This post includes prompts for writing and thinking that young readers, families and teachers can use to explore the author and the author’s work—recommended for ages 8+.